Saintfiet accuses Nigeria coach of racism

The stand-off between Flames coach Tom Saintfiet and his Nigerian counterpart Stephen Keshi has worsened with the former accusing the Super Eagles mentor of racism. Saintfiet has since said he will report Keshi to Fifa for calling him “a white dude who should go back to Belgium.” However, soccer commentator and ex-FAM general secretary Charles Nyirenda has urged Saintfiet to slow down, saying the situation has the potential…

Mafco players laid to rest

The bodies of three Mafco players who died in a road accident at Benga in Nkhotakota on Thursday night—Gift Mphonde, SadaniMangwere and Chifuniro Phiri—have been laid to rest at their respective homes. According to a statement from Malawi Defence Force (MDF), Mphonde’s body was buried on Friday evening at his home village Giya in T/A Chikowi in Zomba. Mangwere and Phiri were buried yesterday in Zomba and Kasungu respectively. Mangwere hailed from James Village, T/A Chikowi, whereas Phiri came from T/A Kaomba’s area. Mafco chairperson Captain Chitumba Chirambo said they were devastated with the death…

Eunice Makangala pool tourney launch today

Blantyre City Central Parliamentarian Eunice Makangala will launch a pool tournament to the tune of K400 000 (about $1 000) today. According to the publicity secretary of the tournament Dave Malunga, the launching ceremony will take place at Carport Arena in the township from 12.30pm and Makangala, who is also Labour Minister, is expected to…

3 Mafco players die in road accident

A dark cloud fell on Mafco FC on Thursday night when three of their key players—Sadani Mangwere, Chifuniro Phiri and Gift Mphande—died on the spot following a fatal road accident at Benga along the Salima Road. Three others-vice-captain Silas Phiri, Gift Soko and Jimmy Mzunga suffered injuries and were rushed to Alinafe Hospital. The club’s…

BB, FAM trade barbs

Big Bullets have torn into Football Association of Malawi (FAM) management accusing it of lacking seriousness in the running of the game. The People’s Team also had no kind words for Kamuzu Barracks [KB] who they accused of turning their home ground—Dedza Stadium—into a ‘war zone’. Bullets general secretary Higger Mkandawire was reacting to FAM…

Gabadinho undergoing medical tests

Big Bullets have said South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Bloemfontein Celtic want wonder kid Gabadinho Mhango to undergo medical tests before offer him a contract. Initially, the Bullets talisman was expected to return on Wednesday, but the club’s general secretary Higger Mkandawire said Celtic want all the other logistics completed before he travels…

Airtel Rising Stars champions (boys) Joyce Banda Foundation (JBF) have roped in seasoned tactician Jack ‘Africa’ Chamangwana to boost their preparations for the forthcoming tournament in Nigeria next month. The girls’ national champions Matindi Girls Academy are being drilled by pioneer women’s football star Maggie Chombo-Sidik. JBF sports teacher Robert Munthali confirmed having sought the…

JBF engage Chamangwana for Airtel tourney

Airtel Rising Stars champions (boys) Joyce Banda Foundation (JBF) have roped in seasoned tactician Jack ‘Africa’ Chamangwana to boost their preparations for the forthcoming tournament in Nigeria next month. The girls’ national champions Matindi Girls Academy are being drilled by pioneer women’s football star Maggie Chombo-Sidik. JBF sports teacher Robert Munthali confirmed having sought the…

Flames coach Tom Saintfiet will have a chance to watch other foreign-based players as FAM has secured an international friendly match against Botswana’s Zebras on September 3 in Gaborone. The strength-testing match will take place just four days before the swim-or-sink 2014 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Calabar. Football Association of Malawi…

Gaba admits form slump

Big Bullets star forward Gabadinho Mhango has said he is not losing sleep over talk that his form has slumped noticeably. The football sensation, who has been hailed as a genius, also brushed off suggestions that his dip in form is a result of pressure. The 20-year-old star returned to South Africa on Tuesday afternoon for further…

Saintfiet says no need to worry on camping

As time ticks on in the countdown to next month’s swim-or-sink 2014 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria, Flames coach Tom Saintfiet has said there is no need to worry about the issue of camping. Saintfiet was responding to a question on when the Flames are likely to assemble in preparation for the Calabar showdown slated…

Surestream Academy technical director Peter Mponda has said despite their Under-17 team impressive start in the Peter Mutharika SRFL First Division, their focus is not to win the league title. Surestream currently top the third-tier Southern Region Football League (SRFL) Division One with six points having won both their games so far against Rays of…

FAM wants Nigeria visas processed in Malawi

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) wants visas for the Flames to be processed by the Nigeria High Commission ahead of their trip to Calabar for their decisive 2014 World Cup qualifier. FAM chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda said they are not leaving anything to chance to avoid being caught off-guard in the West African country.…

Army teams shine in Carlsberg cup

All four Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Super League teams have qualified for the 2013 Carlsberg Cup quarter-finals. On Sunday, Mafco were the last to seal their quarter-final berth after seeing off Azam Tigers 3-2 on post-match penalties. Substitute goalkeeper Frank Kasiyano stayed on the pitch for just seven minutes, but that was enough for him…

Nigeria coach in mind games

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi set up what is likely to be a flurry of mind games by tearing into his Flames counterpart Tom Saintfiet over his comments on the match venue. Keshi told BBC that he was not amused with Saintfiet’s comments to the effect that he was not comfortable with the make-or-break 2014 World…

NBM hikes cricket league sponsorship

National Bank of Malawi (NBM) has increased sponsorship of the NB 25 Overs Southern Region Cricket League from K2.2 million to K3.5 million. NBM general manager Macfussy Kawawa announced the good news during the launching ceremony at the bank’s towers in Blantyre on Thursday evening. “This shows how much interest we have in sports. “Healthy people contribute…

Pundits caution Saintfiet

Some football commentators have cautioned Flames coach Tom Saintfiet not to be complacent about Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Rwanda, saying Nigeria is a much stronger side. Renowned soccer commentator Charles Nyirenda, former Flames coach Yasin ‘Titch’ Osman and ex-national soccer team captain Peter ‘Mjojo’ Mponda were reacting to Saintfiet’s post-match comment that he was happy…

Redeployed coaches in the dark on tasks

Seven months after their redeployment, regional football development officers have said they do not know who to report to as Malawi government is yet to furnish them with terms of reference [ToRs]. Two of the redeployed coaches Jack Chamangwana [South] and Young Chimodzi [Centre] said up to now, they are unaware of their responsibilities as…

Blantyre United fire assistant coach, team manager

Struggling Super League outfit Blantyre United has fired its assistant coach Steve Mbulaje and team manager Mike Kachiwala. The decision was made almost at the same time Silver Strikers suspended their entire Franco Ndawa-led coaching panel. United’s technical director Lawson Nakoma confirmed the removal of the duo saying it was more to do with technical…

Ng’onamo’s comments irk Bullets

Comments made by Big Bullets coach Eddington Ng’onamo soon after the team’s 1-0 loss to Epac United, have not been taken lightly by some senior players and the club’s leadership. In a post-match interview, Ng’onamo partly blamed last Saturday, league match loss on some senior players whom he said have run out of steam and…