By Gerald Fanuel
Mchinji, Mana: Mchinji based reporter for Rainbow Television (RT), Patrick Nditi Nyirenda was verbally abused and threatened to be taken out by a Community ground steward despite showing his ID,
Speaking to Malawi News Agency (MANA) after the game on Sunday, Nyirenda said last week during a match between Mkanda Youth FC and Ngwanje FC a supporter of Ngwanje took away his camera for trying to take pictures of the supporters.
“They forcibly took away and eventually damaged my camera just because I was taking some pictures,”he said.
Mchinji District Sports Officer (DSO) , Martin Panyanja expressed dismay with the development
He said most people are not aware of the importance of journalists and they are requiring sensitization on proper conduct to reduce this kind of things to happen.
“I was dismayed with the development because it shows that people do not understand the role of journalists.” he said
Panyanja called the team managers and sports committee to discuss the way forward as we as calling out out some supporters who were entering the ground while the game was on to be sensitized on proper conduct during matches.
Despite these occurrences, DSO was in jubilant mood that five teams from Mchinji are participating in Chipiku Central Region Premier League.
Speaking during a derby match between Mchinji Boma strikers and Mchinji Villa on Sunday, Panyanja expressed that the five teams in one top league means the district is doing well in terms of development of football.
Mchinji Villa Captain, Jafali John, who scored the only goal in the derby game, was dismayed with the conduct of supporters as well as the steward.
He said journalists are very important as they update the nation on the progress of teams and players and they help in their marketing as well.
Chipiku Central Region Premier League statistics shows that Mchinji Villa is second from Airborne Rangers who leads group C, whereas Mchinji Strikers is bottom of group C after losing all game they played.