Rising Covid19 cases threaten Blantyre derby


The Blantyre derby between Nyasa Bullets and Mighty Wanderers is in serious doubt.

This comes after more Bullets players tested positive for Covid19 after a second round of tests. 

A total of nine new cases has been confirmed by the club’s medical team taking the total tally of cases to 12 in the entire club. This comes after an initial three players had tested positive for the virus. All players, officials, security personnel and the team driver then went for tests at Kameza in Blantyre to check if anyone else had been infected.


The club’s medical staff released a statement confirming the new developments and indicated that amongst the new cases, few have flu like symptoms while the rest are asymptomatic.

“In addition to the three confirmed cases that hit the team in the name of Hassan Kajoke, Stainley Biliat and Ernest Kakhobwe, the team has been hit further with eight new cases namely Mike Mkwate, Henry Kabichi, Nelson KangunjeMacFallen Mgwira, Luke Chima, Richard Chimbamba and our Desk Officer Yamikani Magombo,” read the statement. 

“Amongst the new cases, few have flu like symptoms while the rest are asymptomatic. We still have a job to do as we continue tracing and making sure we are all free from the infection and as a team, we will do whatever it takes to follow all the necessary measures to prevent further spreading of the virus,” he said,” the statement concluded. 

According to the club, players and the official will now observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with the Super League of Malawi and Government safety protocols.


This is a big blow for many football fans across the city as Bullets were gearing up to take on local rivals Wanderers in the first derby of the season. The final decision has not been communicated by the league’s governing body, but it is expected that an announcement to postpone the game will come out soon.

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By Prince Sobayeni

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