Last Sunday morning, a shirtless Be Forward Wanderers self-proclaimed chief supporter Yona Malunga paid me a visit at home, exposing his huge belly which attracted curiosity from my neighbour’s kid who asked: “Is that man pregnant?”
Yona was in his usual jovial mood as he offered me the remains of a red bull drink he was sipping, saying: “Eni Agale malizani ka drink kachizungu aka [finish off this nice drink].”
He explained that the purpose of his visit was to give an interview that despite his failed bid to reclaim the Nomads’ main supporters committee top position, he would support the eventual winner Yamikani Kaliyapa.
“Anthu akutchukisa ntawunimu kuti ndinaluza ndi landside [I am quite certain he wanted to say ‘landslide’], ena akuti andidyetsa banzi. Zoona Agale ndingadyetsedwe banzi ine? [Some are suggesting that I was bought, do I look like someone that can be bought?]”
He also hailed the team’s electoral committee, saying: “Ndiwayamikire a electrical committee, anayendetsa bwino zisankho—he was, refreshingly, a model of modesty.
Having had a stormy relationship with both the previous supporters and executive committees, perhaps Yona has realised the importance of pulling in the same direction for the good of the team. He also declared that next season he will be back at the stadia to give his team morale support with his trademark belly-swaying jive.
And as he drove off from my yard, he stuck out his neck through the window and screamed: “Mawamundipeze pa Take Away kunyumba Agale, muzadye bufeti[buffet lol!]. Well, it is characters like Yona who add flavour to the game and I cannot wait to see him conducting the orchestra from the terraces. Glory be to God. Uloliwe…uloliwewayidudula hah!,neng’esiza [The train is pushing].