Mafco FC prolific striker Richard Mbulu required police escort on Sunday to escape some Nyasa Big Bullets’ fans after their TNM Super League match at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
According to Mbulu and Mafco team manager Chawezi Ngwira, Bullets’ supporters surrounded them at the dressing room, arguing they wanted revenge on Mbulu’s involvement in a violent incident that saw some Bullets players beaten up during a recent Carlsberg Cup encounter at Chitowe Ground in August.
“They said they wanted to sort me out because I was very much involved in the Chitowe incident. I was terrified, but I thank the police for rescuing me,” said Mbulu, who leads the super league scorers’ chart with 19 goals.
Prior to the match, Bullets fans also locked Mafco players outside the stadium for almost an hour for attempting to get into the stadium on foot instead of using a team bus.
“We arrived at the match venue around 1pm, but they denied us entry, saying we should use a team bus. But we disembarked the bus outside the stadium for security reasons because we feared Bullets fans could damage our vehicle,” Ngwira said.
But Bullets supporters’ committee chairperson Stone Mwamadi distanced his membership from the incidents, saying Mafco players and officials had fear of the unknown.
“I was present at the venue. For a start, Bullets supporters did not attack or wish to assault Mbulu. They were standing outside the dressing rooms to wait for their triumphant players. I believe Mbulu was just guilty conscious and thought he could be attacked because of the Dwangwa incident,” Mwamadi said.
“As for the other incident, it was a security threat for Mafco to get into the stadium on foot because their players could not be easily identified and trespassers could have taken advantage of this to get free entry.”
When asked about his comment on the matter yesterday, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) general secretary Williams Banda said he would call back as he was in a meeting. However, he did not call back .