Mighty Be Forward Wanderers players on Saturday abandoned the club’s bus and walked to their club house which is just a stone’s throw away from Kamuzu Stadium.
This was done for the players’ safety following their 0-1 loss to Kamuzu Barracks in a TNM Super League match according to club officials.
Kamuzu Barracks’ Yona Zinjani scored the only goal of the game as the Nomads succumbed to a second successive loss in the second round and a fourth loss of the season.
After the match, the Nomads supporters besieged the dressing room’s gates as they bayed for the players and coaches’ blood.
For close to 30 minutes, the supporters chanted against coach Elia Kananji, forcing police to advise the players not to use the gates where the bus was also parked.
Team manager Steve Madeira said they just followed the advice from the police to avoid a fracas.
“We were trying to prevent something bad from happening,” Madeira said. “We were advised by the security personnel that there was tension and it would not be safe to use the bus.”
Commenting on the game, Madeira admitted that the Nomads played second fiddle to the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) side.
“We made life difficult for ourselves. We kept losing balls at the middle of the park, too many square and back passes,” he said.
“Being a goal down with over 25 minutes to play, I was thinking we would equalise and get the winner, but we were totally an opposite side to what we are.”
Despite the loss, Madeira was confident that the Nomads can still fight for the Super League as they dream of a treble.
“Title race or treble? I will tell you—yes. Don’t forget that these players are Carlsberg Cup kings in 2015. I have faith in them, it’s just a bad patch. We will turn the corner,” he said.
The Nomads are on sixth position with 26 points just like Kamuzu Barracks and Silver Strikers who have a better goal difference.