Local teams can do better than this

Some news from camps of self-confessed big teams in the country this week left me bemused on the direction most of our teams are taking. Take, for instance, an interview a Mighty Be Forward Wanderers official gave to a local radio on the prospects of the Nomads winning the TNM Super League. Here was the…

  Raheem Sterling’s protracted transfer from Liverpool to Manchester City is being touted as the biggest this summer. At $49 million, Sterling effectively becomes the most expensive English player. Speculation about his move started in the January transfer window and it affected the player’s performance through the remainder of the season. The question is: Is…

Court clerk whispers to his Lordship Justice Mbadwa that the residents of the Big City want their matter to be heard in camera because they claim they have a case against the city’s mayor, and they are afraid because as a populist, the mayor travels with a bunch of hand-clappers most of whom appear intimidating.…

  Every ardent soccer fan revels in derbies because they are competitive and feisty. If it is not the players cracking up in adrenalin overburn then it is the supporters dressed up in their crazy outfits, cheering  their team in shrill-rooftop voices while hauling profanities at the opposition. It is all part of the game.…

Lessons from Cosafa

The Flames crashed out of the Cosafa too quickly after just one match against Mozambique in the quarter-finals, giving doomsayers and naysayers the opportunity they were looking for to condemn and shout profanities. True, the Flames have become a team that you would watch at your peril if your blood pressure is prone to rise…

It is commendable that Sulom did not waste time to crack the whip on Red Lions for the violence last weekend that left many injured, including a young man, Geoffrey Mwale, who is in critical condition at the hospital. Red Lions have been handed a K3.6 million fine and a one-year ban to two players…

Some Arsenal supporters will be munching sour lemons as their city neighbours in West London will be crowned Champions on Sunday at home after the match against Crystal Palace. After 34 games, Chelsea have amassed 80 points and are 13 points clear with only four games to go. The Blues are effectively champions-elect no matter…

It appears the nauseating thuggery acts that belong in the crime world are slowly being imported to football and no one seems to care enough to get to the root of the problem. I am all for passion of soccer, but it is pure provocation to adorn the colours of your team at a game…

Brendan Rodgers is a manager I have come to admire in the Premiership. It is not just his honesty and down-to-earth manners on the touch-line that I admire in him, but his tactics as well. Last season, he came close to winning the Premiership. The departure of Luis Suarez robbed the team of its attacking…

Big Bullets returned from their sojourn in the Comoros to a hero’s welcome after beating Fomboni Football Club 1-0. Their revelry — from the point they entered Malawi by road up North to the time a 30-vehicle convoy that welcomed them in Lilongwe and the 15-vehicle convoy with full police escort that led them into…

Before Real Madrid’s unbeaten run of 22 games came to an end at the hands of Valencia with a 2-1 defeat, superlatives were being thrown at the Carlo Ancelotti-led side. People who earn money through conjecture and unwarranted hypotheses had been outdoing each other on what made Real Madrid such an invincible force. Some credited…

The madness of the English Premier League fixtures during the festive season is something else. The English pundits proudly call it ‘an English tradition’ and they support their assertion with a far-fetched historical fact, saying ‘football originated in England’. Whatever it is, for fans, it is great entertainment. But for the teams, it is taxing…

We all looked forward to the Uefa Champions League draw midweek with anticipation of a man whose wife is in labour. Whether our teams are still in contention or not is neither here nor there. Man City should be ruing their lucky stars for drawing Barcelona again. But they have themselves to blame for finishing…

Most neutrals, including Man United fans who are on a self-imposed exile in the Uefa Champions League, watched with envy a resurgent Arsenal ripping apart Galatasaray mid week, demonstrating to sceptics that unlike United, “the Gunners are a team in England playing soccer on the continent” with ease. The Gunners’ performance might be a statement…