Be Forward Wanderers’ carnival of their Carlsberg Cup triumph on Sunday ended tragically when two of the team’s teeming fans were separately knocked to death by vehicles in Blantyre.
The two were part of a horde of blue-and-white clad fans welcoming their triumphant team in the commercial city from Lilongwe where they beat their age-old rivals Big Bullets 2-1 at Civo Stadium on Saturday.
The accidents occurred at Chirimba (near Motel Paradise) and Chemusa townships.
Blantyre Police deputy spokesperson Andrew Mayawo confirmed deaths on Monday.
Mayawo said 17-year-old Kelvin Chinangwa was knocked down at Motel Paradise at around 6.40pm by a VW Golf saloon vehicle registration BM 6639.
During the incident, the vehicle also hit three other people who sustained assorted degrees of injuries.
“One of them, Thomas Kaiya, aged 16, fractured his left arm and was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital [QECH] while the others were treated as outpatients,” said Mayawo.
In another accident, which occurred at Chemusa at around 7.30pm, a minibus registration BR 5944 hit an unidentified woman who was pronounced dead upon arrival at QECH.
Mayawo said drivers of the two vehicles have since been arrested and charged with an offence of causing death by reckless driving contrary to Section 126 of the Road Traffic Act.