What a script of tragedy!


The death of a young football player in Blantyre, while celebrating Nyasa Big Bullets’ Carlsberg Cup victory on their way from Lilongwe, should be a lesson to the soccer fraternity.

On Sunday evening, the darkest day had just been scripted in a matter of minutes and the wound that will never heal inflicted in a matter of moments, on the family of this young footballer Raphael Nkhoma.

A convoy carrying Bullets players, officials and supporters was on its way from Lilongwe and they had whistle-stops along the 315-kilometre stretch of M1 road where they displayed their trophy to the fans.


They had all the reasons to celebrate as the team laboured to upstage resolute Be Forward Wanderers in post-match penalties on that Saturday afternoon at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe after they came from behind twice.

As the game staggered into the final stages, it was clear that Wanderers were going to lose because technically, Bullets looked much more superior.

This excited a lot of people including children who thronged the road to join the celebration but conspicuously absent from the scene were traffic police officers who were supposed to regulate traffic.


It is unfortunate that a young enterprising footballer decided to join the party at Kameza Round-about in Blantyre where he was run over by a vehicle.

Blantyre City Council has accused Bullets of not involving them in their parade as required by the law while the People’s Team’s General Secretary, Alfred Chigoga, said this was not a parade.

For Chigoga to be telling us that the Bullets’ triumphant entry into Blantyre City was a parade by default when we all know the reality would be considered offensive and out of place especially considering that an innocent soul was lost.

It is a fact; there are so many rotten things that happen in football but most of the times officials go away scot free.

Although Chigoga argues that this was not a parade and therefore could not involve the police, logic demands that any gathering needs security presence to avert fatal eventualities.

If Bullets did not want to involve the public in their celebrations then they could have come back to Blantyre quietly, I mean without any pomp.

I find it disturbing and irritating that we can afford to lose a life of such an emerging talent because of sheer carelessness.

In fact this parade, which Chigoga has decided to call a parade by default, inconvenienced a lot of people and brought business in Blantyre to a standstill.

It is my sincere hope that next time things will be planned properly to avoid such tragedy and chaos.

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