Civil Service (Civo) United suffered festive season blues on Saturday when 200 pieces of their replicas worth K1 million, which included jerseys, were stolen in Lilongwe.
The items were stolen at the residence of the club’s general secretary (GS) Ronald Chiwaula in Lilongwe where they were kept ahead of an official launch.
Confirming the incident in an interview yesterday, Chiwaula said: “The replicas came two weeks ago and we were planning to launch them this coming Thursday.
“Actually, a memo had already been prepared by our chairperson [Victor Lungu] to the board.
“The Minister of Youth and Sports [Ulemu Msungama] was also asked to attend the event, but he said he was out of the country, but would delegate an official from his ministry.”
He said the thief broke into the storeroom of his house where the replicas were being kept.
“My assumption was that he probably thought it was a bale of clothes that would help him make a fortune.
“In brief, that’s what I can say, but I reported the matter to police who are handling it,” said Chiwaula.
The Civo GS said the development is a setback as “our supporters were eagerly looking forward to having replicas this season”.
Lilongwe Police spokesperson Joseph Kachikho confirmed the issue, saying it is under investigation.
“Mr. Chiwaula indeed came to lodge a complaint about the theft of 100 replica jerseys and shorts and we are investigating the matter,” he said.