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…

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. The delays by FAM to have the Flames in camp in good time in preparation for today’s crucial Afcon 2015 qualifier match against Mali, is the case in point. The reasons given for delays to start camp training have been, to say the least, unsatisfactory. Whispers from those…

“Welcome to Merseyside in another combustible Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off fixture between two of English Premier League’s heavyweights as Liverpool welcome Chelsea to Anfield…” That will be the familiar voices of seasoned commentators Peter Drury and Jim Beglin filtering through your television this afternoon from 2.45pm in what promises to be the match of the week.…

When a persistent Moussa Sissoko poked the ball into the far corner of Man City’s goal post for Newcastle’s second goal at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night in the Capital One clash against the trophy’s defending champions, the commentator said the Magpies had just clinched a result that was beyond the wildest dreams of the…

Hallo and I welcome you to this maiden entry. It is always a challenging task to step into another person’s shoes. This is particularly so because the previous tenant was so good so much that over the years, I became his fan. I share his passion for the beautiful game; hence, my inheriting of this…