Blantyre derby fracas bad for small teams-Jomo

Jomo Osman

Ntopwa FC owner Isaac Jomo Osman has bemoaned the fracas that rocked the Blantyre derby between Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets, saying it may have huge impact on smaller teams.

Osman was speaking in Mzuzu where his team travelled to finish up their first-round games of the TNM Super League.

During the derby, some irate fans pelted stones into the field of play as a way of expressing their displeasure with some technical decisions taken by referee Gift Chiko, and assistant Bernadetta Kwimbira-Nzika.

According to Osman, what happened at Kamuzu Stadium may have an impact on the teams that have no sponsorship.

“We all prayed for the time when fans should be allowed to watch games. Think of teams like Ntopwa, Ekwendeni, Karonga, Mzuzu Warriors that depend on gate collections.

"We have suffered and when we thought things are beginning to open up, then others are coming up with their nasty behaviours. I as Jomo strongly condemn this act. We should not be experiencing this at our stadiums,” he said.

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) also condemned the violence and said they would be waiting for reports from stakeholders including referees, and security.