Sunday’s TNM Super League first round affair between Be Forward Wanderers and Azam Tigers was on the Chiromoni Stadium pitch, a big yawn, but certainly not off it.
The match at Chilomoni Township in Blantyre was barely five minutes old when smoke billowed from outside the main entrance.
That smoke proved no ordinary as it was from a teargas canister from an overzealous police officer trying to bring peace and order. Tearful fans scampered for water and refuge.
When play resumed, Joseph Kamwendo and Felix Zulu seemed to have forgotten their scoring boots.
However, the long ball game was made more boring by a lack of ball-boys, with players spending precious time walking to fetch the balls whenever they went out of play.
Can someone explain how such a big match could be played without ball-boys?
Of course, once again, there was security lapse with the security personnel busy marvelling at Tigers’ Dan Kumwenda, Stain Pendame and Precious Phiri’s fancy footworks instead of enforcing security.
Taking advantage, one crazy man, dressed like Chinese movie Suzuki character, sauntered all the way from the terraces onto the pitch before he was ‘arrested’ after he had crossed to the other side of the pitch.
There was enough drama for the fans—of course off the pitch.
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