Expatriate coach arrives today

FAM has said Flames caretaker expatriate coach Tom Saintfiet’s first task will be the Cosafa Castle Cup in Zambia next week. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu also confirmed that the Belgian is scheduled to arrive in the country today (Thursday) and will watch Saturday’s international friendly match against Mozambique, which is part…

MDF decorates Mafco players, officials

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has promoted 31 Mafco players and their nine officials for winning the Presidential Cup. The lowest promotion was from Private Soldier to Corporal while the highest was Warrant Officer Class II to Class I. Mafco chairperson Captain Chitumbu Chirambo and MDF spokesperson Captain Frank Kayanula confirmed the development on Wednesday, saying…

Malawi Police Service (MPS) has said 24 cars were stoned during the violence that occurred after last Saturday’s TNM Super League game between Mighty Wanderers and Blue Eagles at Kamuzu Stadium. Southern Region Police publicist Nicholas Gondwa said as of yesterday, no arrests had been made, but investigations were still under way. “Some of the…

A member of the ruling People’s Party (PP), I would not claim that Malawians will not support the candidacy of UDF president Atupele Muluzi and his DPP counterpart Peter Mutharika on the basis that they are practising what I described as “politics of dynasty”. If I were ‘Tchwee mwana tchwee!’ I would realise that the…

FAM to hire expatriate

  FAM’s move to engage an expatriate coach for the 2014 World Cup decisive qualifier against Nigeria’s Super Eagles will lead to the demotion of current caretaker coach Eddington Ng’onamo. Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu on Monday revealed the identity of the prospective caretaker expatriate coach as former Nigeria technical director,…

FAM plans to engage an expatriate for Nigeria game

Flames captured in training for a previous assignment Football Association of Malawi has unveiled plans to engage an expatriate coach to assist the Flames caretaker coaching panel for the decisive 2014 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria. The decision was endorsed by the association’s executive board at its quarterly meeting held in Lilongwe on Saturday. The…

Flames to face Mozambique

In a dramatic twist of events, government has made a U-turn on its earlier decision to arrange a football match involving local teams as part of the country’s Independence Anniversary Celebrations on July 6.   Instead, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) was instructed to promptly arrange an international friendly match and the Flames will host Mozambique’s…

Carlsberg Malawi Limited officials yesterday met disgruntled Big Bullets players to resolve the issue of their outstanding allowances which led to them to boycott training for the whole week. Apparently as of yesterday morning, the players had threatened to boycott this afternoon’s TNM Super League game against Moyale Barracks at Kamuzu Stadium. Bullets chairperson Malinda…

BB players not certain of tomorrow’s game

Big Bullets players have said unless their demands are met, they will not fulfil their TNM Super League fixture against Moyale Barracks tomorrow. As of yesterday morning, the players had not trained this week in protest about outstanding dues. One of the senior players who asked for anonymity told Weekend Nationyesterday that they have not had time…

BULLETS PLAYERS BOYCOTT TRAINING

Big Bullets were sucked into fresh controversy yesterday after players boycotted training over unpaid bonuses ahead of their crucial Super League game against Moyale Barracks on Sunday. While confirming the development, Bullets general secretary Higger Mkandawire accused external forces of inciting the boycott to suit their own interests. Two of the team’s senior players who asked…

FAM speaks tough on gate collections case

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has taken a hardline on the firm that was responsible for gate management at Dedza Stadium in Sunday’s TNM Super League game between Kamuzu Barracks and Big Bullets where a fan was arrested for stealing K247 000. FAM chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda said Target Promotions and General Dealers will…

Presidential Cup entry fee hiked

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has announced that fans will pay K500 to watch this year’s Presidential Cup final between Silver Strikers and Mafco from the open stands at Civo Stadium on Sunday. The development translates to a 150 percent increase from last year’s K200. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) justified the increase, attributing it to…

Flames caretaker coaches pass test

FAM has said it is impressed with the performance of the Flames caretaker coaching panel during the two and a half months it was on probation. However, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu said the determination on whether they will be taken on board will be made after getting government’s response to their…

Gabadinho off to SA for trials

Big Bullets’ fairy-tale romance with their wonderkid Gabadinho Mhango might come to an abrupt end should he make the grade at modest South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit AmaZulu where he is set to start trials this morning. The 20-year-old red-hot forward flew to Durban Wednesday afternoon. Bullets general secretary Higger Mkandawire said the…

Karonga South Member of Parliament, I would realise that swearing in the august House is dishonourable conduct not befitting an MP. If only I were Munthali, surely I would realise that Parliament is serious business and not another version of a pub or beer hall where I can scream such sickening words. How I wish…

Sulom, clubs differ on changed rule

Some Super League of Malawi (Sulom) clubs have complained that the practice of putting the league on hold when the Flames are in camp is taking its toll on them. Sulom general secretary Williams Banda on Monday said starting with the forthcoming Cosafa Castle Cup, the league will revert to the standard rule which states…

Bullets fan arrested over gate money

  Big Bullets’ success story on the pitch against Civo and Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday and Sunday was overshadowed by gate-collection problems which ended in one Blantyre fan remaining in the cooler. On Saturday, some fans and executive members quarrelled over custody of the team’s share of K540 000 while on Sunday, Dedza Police arrested Gift Clifford Mleme for pocketing…

Nigeria give Flames food for thought

Nigeria’s performance at the Confederations Cup in Brazil has given the Flames plenty of food for thought. The Super Eagles, who will face the Flames in a decisive 2014 World Cup qualifier in September, bowed out of the tournament following a 3-0 loss to world champions Spain on Sunday. Nigeria won their first game 6-1 against…