Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers supporters’ committee chairpersons Stone Mwamadi and Yamikani Kaliyapa respectively have urged their respective supporters to maintain peace when the teams clubs clash in the Chifundo Charity Shield at Civo Stadium tomorrow.
The two made the request on Tuesday on the sidelines of Malawi Blood Transfusion Services (MBTS) press briefing ahead of the encounter, which Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has organised in partnership with MBTS.
Mwamadi said despite the rivalry between the two sides, supporters should desist from violent behaviour.
“The main purpose of this match is charity; we want to help the purchase of patients’ trolleys at Kamuzu Central Hospital and donate blood through the Malawi Blood Transfusion Services (MBTS). If we get involved in violence, we will not only put the game of football into disrepute, but also defeat the whole purpose of the event,” Mwamadi said.
On his part, Kaliyapa said Wanderers fans should patronise the match in their large numbers and show their respect for human life by voluntarily donating blood in the strategic places the MBTS has set in the capital city.
“This match is for a noble cause. Let us go to the stadium to enjoy the game and not cause trouble for fellow human beings. We should show the world that football supporters can peacefully contribute to the social and economic well-being of the country,” he said.
Bullets and Wanderers have been privileged to tussle in the inaugural Charity Shield match for being TNM Super League champions and Carlsberg Cup winners, respectively. n