Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has said is deeply shocked with the sudden death of Godfrey Mwale, a football supporter.
Mwale, 24 died at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in the early hours of Friday, 5th June 2015.
He had been brutally injured and left unconscious during a fracas that erupted at a Super League match involving Surestream FC and Red Lions FC played on 10th May 2015 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
“The thoughts and deepest sympathies of everyone at FAM remain with Godfrey Mwale’s family at this difficult time. We at FAM value life and a loss of loved one brings unbearable pain. We stand tall and united in grief with the Mwale family. We share in their pain and sorrow.
“In times like these, death puts everything into perspective. Football is associated with passion, emotion, excitement and dedication across the country. Football is an important means for people to form and maintain strong friendships that might otherwise not exist,” reads in part the statement.
In the Statement FAM President Walter Nyamilandu has also condemned in strongest terms the acts of barbarism, violence and hooliganism still existing in a game though, sporadically.
“Any form of violence or hooliganism threaten the very core foundations on whose the spirit of the game was built on thus; entertainment, warmth, togetherness and fair-play. Based on the pillars above, the loss of life at football matches in unnecessary.We will do whatever it takes to root out these remnants acts of bad behavior which do not form part of the game.
“FAM will take necessary measures to address acts of bad behaviors at football matches. With concerted efforts, we have to rid the game of all evil forms and build a better platform where people from all walks of life can enjoy its benefits,” reads the statement signed by FAM President Walter Nyamilandu.
Meanwhile Nyamilandu has called upon all Stakeholders to join hands and investigate the matter brought the perpetrators to book.
“FAM calls upon the relevant authorities; the Malawi Police Service (MPS) and Malawi Defence Force (MDF), to investigate further into the incidents that led to a loss of life as well as injuries to a score of football fans during the Sure stream FC/Red Lions match and bring perpetrators to justice. The spirit of fair play and the rule of law were breached, and as such we demand that justice should take its course. We believe that no-one is above the law,” said Nyamilandu.