We need peace as Carlsberg party goes into full swing


Football lovers anticipate a massive football party this weekend as four teams battle it out in the semi-finals of the Carlsberg Cup.

Carlsberg Cup action comes into the fold as defending champions Be Forward Wanderers square up with Moyale Barracks in Mzuzu Saturday whereas Nyasa Big Bullets have a tricky fixture against Red Lions in Lilongwe.

No team can afford to mess up the party considering the lucrative perks that are at stake in this cup.


No wonder, there has been tension surrounding a game between Wanderers and Moyale as the former protested against the venue of this potentially explosive fixture.

Wanderers wanted the game played at a neutral venue just like what has happened with their counterparts because the venue gives their opponents an advantage since they will be playing at home.

Despite all the hullabaloo, organisers of the competition, Football Association of Malawi (Fam), have maintained that the venue of the competition remains Mzuzu Stadium.


Anyway, that is the tension that goes with games of these magnitude.

As the football party will be in full swing today and Sunday, there is need to guard against hooliganism, which, unfortunately, has been rearing its ugly head in Malawi football of late.

Violence has weighed down the excitement of our football and this has led to the heavy fines imposed on some clubs including Bullets and Wanderers.

Instead of people participating in the merry-making, they have ended up losing their precious items and some ounces of blood and flesh because of a few self centred individuals who do not appreciate that football is about fun not violence.

We also hope that Fam is aware that these games will not have an average attendance and there is need to beef up security because there will be some thugs who masquerade as football supporters and they would want to cause mayhem in their collective stupidity.

Security personnel should know that it is extremely dangerous when such unreasonable hoodlums are admitted into the stadium. They are a threat to innocent lives. As such the importance of tightening security cannot be over emphasised.

Football might be our passion as a nation but it is not worth dying for or killing for. It is unfortunate that some clubs have allowed the culture of violence to manifest again in their supporters.

This banditry attitude is happening because some clubs are devoid of proper leadership which can provide guidance on how things should be done to their supporters.

All I can say is that all these battles that have been happening at different stadiums is total rubbish.

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