Football Association of Malawi president Walter Nyamilandu has slammed Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers fans for being models of chaos, saying such acts scare potential sponsors.
“We must look back and reflect where we are coming from. Let us behave better. There is a lot of disorganisation in our teams. This thing of supporters pulling each other are counterproductive. Squabbles such as calling for early elections scare sponsors,” said Nyamilandu.
He said this on Tuesday when Carlsberg Malawi Limited unveiled K15 million (about $38 000) sponsorship for each of the teams at Protea Ryalls in Blantyre where some uninvited fans jostled for entry and nearly disrupted the colourful event in Mulanje Room.
“Even when you go to a function like this one and you misbehave, it sends wrong signals to sponsors. We want both teams to have long lasting sponsorship, but they must behave,” he said.
Wanderers chairperson George Chamangwana and his Bullets counterpart Malinda Chinyama admitted that their respective fans could have behaved better last season, which was decisive on the choice of the Carlsberg sponsorship beneficiary.
Unveiling the sponsorship for a year, Carlsberg chief executive officer Abel Chanje condemned the deplorable behaviour of the two teams’ supporters.