Bullets fans turn violent as Blantyre derby ends in a stalemate

By McLloyd Kudzingo

Violence marred Saturday’s derby between Blantyre based sides Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets as Bullets fans began throwing plastic bottles onto the field in a match that ended goal-less at the Bingu National Stadium.

Much of the fans’ dissatisfaction arose after the decisions by the referee, in not awarding Bright Munthali and Chiukepo Msowoya  goals towards the end of the match.
Msowoya was the first to score and Munthali scored less than 10 minutes to the end of the match but both goals were ruled out for an offside- a thing that did not please Bullets fans.
The fans started throwing bottles onto the pitch forcing the play to be held up for more than 7 minutes.


The game continued after some interventions by police and other officials but it was too little too late for the two sides to secure a win.
It was a tense match with both sides going in with full intensity from the start but failed to utilize their scoring opportunities.
The match proved to be too physical as two players from both sides were stretched off the pitch after sustaining serious injuries.
Bullets’ Yamikani Fodya was the first to be taken out in the early minutes of the game and Chimango Kaira followed suit at half time after sustaining a shoulder injury.

Wanderers defender Denis Chembezi was the next casualty and the one who came in his place ‘Bongani Kaipa’ was also stretched off the field forcing Wanderers to finish the game with one player short.
After the match, Bullets Assistant coach Elia Kananji blamed the Assistant referee for the disallowed goals while his counterpart Bob Mpinganjira lamented his team’s missed opportunity.
“We tried to take full advantage of the opportunity,” said Mpinganjira.

He said, “It has been such a long time since Wanderers beat Bullets and today we tried to put them under pressure, we created a number of opportunities to win the game but Bullets were equally a good side.”
The last time Wanderers beat Bullets in the league was in July 2012 when the Lali-Lubani road side were 2-1 winners over the people’s team.

Elsewhere in the TNM Super League, new comers TN Stars continue their search for the first point in the top flight as they were beaten 2-1 by fellow rookies Nchalo United.

Bellow are the full results of the games played on Saturday.

Be Foward Wanderers 0-0 Nyasa Big Bullets

Nchalo United 2-1 TN Stars

Mzuni FC 0-0 Blue Eagles

Karonga Utd 1-2 Civil Sporting

Azam Tigers 3 Mafco FC 0