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In a pure act of theft and vandalism, one life is feared lost after a police officer allegedly shot a suspected thief outside Kamuzu Stadium spoiling the TNM Super League game between Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and Moyale Barracks.

An entertaining match and a balanced affair ended one-all but acts of hooliganism spoiled the match.

The chaos and disorder happened outside the Kamuzu Stadium but the effects of teargas were huge, forcing referee John Phiri to stop the game on two occasions.

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Whether it was by design or sheer coincidence, the incident happened in the presence of Be Forward top officials from Japan.

Ironically, it was the second successive time for similar acts to happen in the presence of the sponsors after violence marred the launch of Be Forward sponsorship when Wanderers dated Silver Strikers five months ago.

Southern Region Police spokesperson Beatrice Mikuwa asked for more time to investigate the reports while other police officers that were on duty at Kamuzu Stadium declined to be quoted.

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“Some unruly teenagers were smashing car windows in an attempt to steal radios or other items. When one of us caught another suspected thief they started stoning us,” she said but declined to confirm whether a shot was fired in self-defence.

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) treasurer Tiya Somba- Banda said they were waiting for the police to investigate.

“I can’t say whether a person was shot because the incident happened outside the Kamuzu Stadium. Inside the venue it was okay,” he said.

Moyale’s Crispin Fukizi added spark to the already lively match when his 46th minute volley went beyond Richard Chipuwa. The game was then stopped twice for over 25 minutes.

When play resumed wasteful Wanderers snatched a late point through substitute Mapopa Kaunda’s header from a Mike Kaziputa free kick.

Wanderers coach Elia Kananji said the disturbances affected the team while Moyale’s second assistant coach Themba Ntontholo said it was a successful trip having collected four points from a possible six.

Nomads have 25 points from 13 games and they trail league leaders, Big Bullets, by four points. Moyale have 16 points from the same number of game.

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