Mighty Wanderers Football Club has condemned violence perpetrated by some spectators which led to the disruption of the 1st May, 2021 Blantyre Derby at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
In a statement issued 2nd May, 2021, Wanderers says the spectators are not soccer loving people and have no place in football games, however believe that those mandated with law enforcement will swiftly bring the perpetrators to book.
However, Wanderers have blamed the Referees and other officials who were assigned to officiate the match for their suspect decisions which they believe contributed to the chaos.
“Mighty Wanderers Football Club is also regrets the suspect decision taken throughout the match by people tasked with handling the match namely:, Referee Gift Chiko and Assistant Referee Bernadette Kwimbila. Their suspect and dubious decisions disrupted an otherwise good match changed the fate of the game. It is sad when good football is not allowed to win on the pitch.
“We hope the football authorities will review such suspect decisions, using video footage which is readily available and establish the root cause of such actions, to ensure that football has the winner all the time. The officiating crew made quite extraordinary and inexplicable decisions. The officiating fail a long way short of the standard that should have been considered acceptable. We regret such unprofessional conduct from Referee Gift Chiko and the Assistant Referee Bernadette Kwimbila and we argue SULOM and FAM to decisively act on these two. These dubious and suspect decisions are ruining the beautiful football games in this country”, reads the statement.
In the statement, Mighty Wanderers says it shall be officially lodging its complaint to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Super League of Malawi (SULOM) within the prescribed period as stipulated under the relevant statutes governing in the country.
It reads “We shall be officially lodging our complaint to FAM and SULOM within prescribed period to as stipulated under the relevant statues government football in this country. We shall also lodge our complaint to the Referees Association of Malawi against the two. We shall complain to the Director of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) if FAM / SULOM does not act against the two as we are gathering evidence from mobile phone service providers.
The officiating crew of yesterday match should not be found anywhere near football. We hope very much that FAM and SULOM will look at the TV recording of the match to form a view about the acceptability of the two’s performance and their suitability to referee future matches.
We shall keep all our supporters, partners and all stakeholders updated of all the steps Club shall be taking in relation to this matter”.
The Blantyre Derby which was being played at Kamuzu Stadium yesterday 1st May, 2021 between Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and Nyssa Big Bullets ended in chaos as some supporters started pelting materials into the pitch in anger with the poor officiating of the game by the Referee, Gift Chiko and his Assistant Referee Bernadette Kwimbila.