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Violence spoil Blantyre derby

Part of the Blantyre derby - Courtesy of NBB

Be Forward Wanderers fans pelted stones and other harmful objects inside Kamuzu Stadium’s artificial turf, causing the abandonment of the match against Nyasa Big Bullets on May 1, 2021.

This was in protest against what they alleged was biased and incompetent officiation of the match by the center referee Gift Chiko and first assistant refereeing Bernadette Kwimbira.

It all started when the centre referee Gift Chico denied Wanderers a second goal scored by Peter Cholopi in the 63rd minute for an infringement on Bullets goal tender Richard Chimbamba.

Five minutes later, Stanley Sanudi fumed at first assistant referee Bernadette Kwimbira for raising a flag for a goal kick to Bullets in what the nomads players felt should have been given a corner kick.

The confrontation which continued as play was still in motion turned detestable when Sanudi charged at Benerdetta a development that forced saw him being yellow carded.

Unbelievably, Chico did not stop play while attending to the incident involving Sanudi and Kwimbira hence Bullets continued to with play and nearly got a goal in the process but Nomads players successfully cleared the ball.

Immediately after that, Wanderers players including Captain Alfred Manyozo, Ted Sumani and scores of others descended on centre referee Gift Chico for not stopping play while attending to an earlier incident.

And as things got out of control, Chico flashed a second yellow card to Sumani for exchanging words with the referee, resulting to his sending off.

My ball! Misheck Selemani( In Red) and Stanley Sanudi (In Blue) – Image: NBB

The game resumed moments later and Bullets capitalised on a one man advantage and made it count when Mishek Seleman outpaced Peter Cholopi on the left flank, before sending a brilliant pass into the box, forcing Yunus Sherrif to horribly guide the ball into his own net.

From then onwards, Bullets laid a siege inside Nomads half and nearly took the lead through Hassan Kajoke whose header from Gomegzani Chirwa missed Nomads goal with just half an inch.

With just nine minutes left to play, Wanderers fans started pelting stones inside the field of play, causing the game to delay for at least over half an hour.

Law enforcers took charge of the situation and fired teargas in a bid to disperse the rioting Wanderers supporters in the open stands.

However, the match could not continue even though the situation had been brought under control due to the plumes of teargas that engulfed the entire stadium, causing breathing difficulties.

As a result the match ended one all and since it had past 72 minutes, SULOM declared that the two sides share the spoils as the match had matured.

This is the second time that a match between the two rivals had to end abruptly and the result of the match being decided in the boardroom.

Nearly two decades ago, a match between Wanderers and Bullets ended prematurely in the 2003 Carlsberg Cup final after the match official first ruled out what would have been Nomad’s winning goal before changing his mind.

Eventually, the match could not continue due to dangerous objects that Bullets supporters littered across the pitch at the Kamuzu stadium.

What followed was the decision by Carlsberg Cup Organisers who declared that Wanderers were the legit winners of the cup.

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