Some Mighty Wanderers players and technical officials were assaulted by Mafco supporters at Nankhaka ground in Dwangwa on Friday ahead of Saturday’s TNM Super League game.
The Nomads were getting the feel of the pitch when some Mafco supporters told them that their time was up and a confrontation ensued which led to Nomads players Bongani Kaipa and Alfred Manyozo Jnr, goalkeeper trainer Vales Kamzere and kit manager Peter Gatoma being assaulted.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the culprits were soldiers.
Nomads general secretary David Kanyenda confirmed the incident, saying the matter had already been reported to police.
“What happened was that our team asked to loosen up, but later Mafco officials and fans told them to stop, claiming that their time was up and then an argument started. We are, therefore, lodging a formal complaint to Sulom. Initially, we wanted to boycott the game, but our players insisted that we should play and beat them on the field.
“Imagine they used metal objects to hit our players and technical panel members that left Kamzere and Gatoma injured. These soldiers should be redeployed to real war zones to fight with fellow soldiers.
“They are taking advantage of civilians and, in the process, they are tarnishing the good image of the Army as a disciplined force. Maybe they should form their own league,” he said.
Mafco officials could not be reached for their comment, while Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said they were yet to get a complaint from Wanderers.
But an officer from Nkhunga Police Station superintendent Edwin Magalasi confirmed to the media yesterday morning that Kamzere and Gatoma launched an official complaint of assault on Friday evening.
“They were given reports to go for treatment and we are investigating the matter,” he said.