Nyasa Big Bullets have trained 55 stewards which the TNM Super League giants hope will play a big role in curbing violence and hooliganism during matches.
Bullets chief executive officer Fleetwood Haiya said the stewards training, facilitated by Football Association of Malawi (FAM), was in response to the violence and hooliganism during the club’s matches which cost them millions of kwacha in fines.
“We are hopeful that after this training, you will help enhance security at our matches. We need peace both at the gates and in the terraces if we are to avoid fines. We also need to repair our reputation through crowd control. This is why our board made this initiative to invest in this training,” he said.
Haiya said they targeted their stewards in the Southern Region because as their base, they will be playing their home games in the region where security is their responsibility. He, however, said their stewards in other regions will also be trained soon.
While urging other clubs to emulate the initiative, FAM executive member Daudi Suleman pleaded with Bullets followers to support the club in a positive manner so that the team has a good reputation.
Chairperson for football stewards Pascal Mkuta and Bullets supporters’ director Stone Mwamadi have since urged FAM to ensure each topflight league club has trained stewards under club licensing requirements to ensure safety of soccer lovers at all matches.
Just a month ago, FAM fined Bullets K7.2 million following violence that erupted during their Airtel Top 8 final against Blue Eagles at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.