Nyasa Big Bullets have pleaded with their supporters to stay away from this morning’s planned demonstrations against Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu and Flames’ coach Ronny Van Geneugden (RVG).
A group of soccer fans advocating for the removal of Nyamilandu and RVG is expected to march from Limbe Magistrate’s Court to FAM offices in Chiwembe where they will present their petition.
But during a press briefing in Blantyre yesterday, Bullets chief executive officer (CEO) Fleetwood Haiya and supporters’ director Stone Mwamadi said they need to distance themselves from the demonstrations because it will be construed as the club’s initiative.
Be Forward Wanderers chairperson Gift Mkandawire has also pleaded with their supporters not to take part in the protest, saying they do not encourage demonstrations but contact and dialogue.
Haiya said: “Some people have organised the demos for personal gains and they would want to use Bullets’ name to achieve their goals.
“But Bullets fans have been used for a long time to fight other people’s battles and it is high time we focused on our own battles, which are to win the league title and participate in the 2019 CAF Champions League.”
He added that Bullets supporters recently planned to organise demonstrations against FAM’s ruling that saw the club being fined K7.5 million and banned from the next edition of Airtel Top 8 following violence in their finals against Blue Eagles but they managed to convince them not to proceed.
Mwamadi said considering that Bullets are doing well in the TNM Super League, where they are at the summit with a six-point lead, they are afraid other people might wish to disrupt their focus on the title chase through the demos.