It was a spectacle to behold. Soldiers chanted war songs through and through as Kamuzu Barracks FC on Friday paraded their TNM Super League trophy in grand style with the players going around the capital city aboard a leisure shuttle bus.
The parade started at Army headquarters around 8.30am before taking the City Centre route to Area 49 up to the Game Complex where a battalion of armed soldiers led by KB chairperson Major Gift Njete welcomed the players with a guard of honour.
People from all walks of life came to witness one of the greatest celebrations ever, bringing business to a complete halt in the city.
Later, the soldiers alongside their spouses escorted the triumphant team back to Army headquarters through the townships of Mchesi and Kawale.
In the two townships, thousands of people, including school-going children, came out to witness the parade to Army headquarters where MDF Commander General Griffin Supuni-Phiri welcomed the team as captain Dave Banda presented to him the trophy.
Supuni-Phiri, who was in the company of senior army officers including his two deputies Lieutenant General Clement Namangale and Lieutenant Vincent Nundwe, congratulated the team, promising “it is the start of big things to come”.
Said the MDF commander: “You have done us proud by making history as the first military team to win the Super League. You will be rewarded well soon. I am proud of you and MDF is proud of you.”
A Silver Strikers fan who witnessed the parade, Billy Kodzera, expressed awe at the way KB organised their carnival.
“I have never seen a soccer parade like this before. It was well organised and it attracted a mammoth crowd of fans that came to celebrate with KB,” said Kodzera. n