Sports associations have big dreams in 2014

Some sports associations have said they would like to make huge strides in 2014 to give the nation a reason to smile. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu said the target is to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as well as secure a sponsor for the Flames. “Having failed to…

Caps pledge to bring full-strength squad

Zimbabwean top football outfit Caps United has pledged to bring a full-strength squad for next month’s Zambezi Challenge Cup that will involve three local teams. United director Twine Phiri said this during a press briefing he jointly addressed with the tournament’s organisers TopSports in Blantyre on New Year’s Eve. Phiri said his team’s management, technical…

Ishmail Thindwa wants to move

Epac FC talisman and Super League top scorer-designate Ishmail Thindwa has said he wants to get a new lease of life elsewhere. The lanky forward, who is tipped to win the flagship football league Golden Boot Award, said he feels it is time he made a switch. “It is not that I am not happy…

The magistrate court in Balaka on Monday denied bail to two Silver Strikers fans Bruno Makina and Austin Phiri who have since been charged with proposing violence during a Super League match between Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers at Balaka Stadium last Saturday. Lawyer Chrispin Sibande, who is representing the two suspects, said the second grade magistrate…

Secretary General of the ruling People’s Party (PP), I would appreciate that the reaction I gave to the effect that the party will not feel its former vice-president Cassim Chiumpha’s resignation because he was lazy, was far from convincing. Whatever our differences are, I would appreciate that Chilumpha is a political heavyweight having served as…

FAM to license tourneys, matches

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has said it is now set to enforce a November 16 2013 resolution to license all football competitions and matches under its jurisdiction. FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said in this regard, no Super League team and indeed any other team under FAM structures shall take part in a competition…

So today we’ll bid farewell to the year in which my motherland hogged the limelight for the wrong reasons. The year in which boy wonder Gabadinho Mhango’s popularity played second fiddle to fellas such as Paul Mphwiyo and Osward Lutepo. The year in which the most common word was ‘cashgate’ that even a team at…

FAM to hire local coach

The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) technical subcommittee has recommended the hiring of a local coach for the Flames. This was agreed during a meeting held at the weekend in Blantyre following preliminary discussions which FAM had with Sports Council where they were advised to consider cost-effective measures. The development means FAM will not advertise…

Silver, Nomads question replay

In a fresh twist to the Balaka fracas, both Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers have questioned Sulom’s remarks that their Super League match that was abandoned last Saturday in Balaka due to violence, is likely to be replayed. There were ugly scenes that culminated into full-scale skirmishes leading to the death of a Wanderers fan…

Chikhwawa United and Surestream Academy at the weekend extended their leads in the Peter Mutharika Southern Region Football League (SRFL) Premier and First Divisions respectively. Chikhwawa won both their weekend games against their hot contenders Cobbe Barracks and White Eagles by 2-1 margins to shoot to 68 points from 26 games in their quest for…

What caused Balaka football violence

Police, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and clubs are involved in a blame game over the ugly scenes that culminated in a loss of life during the Super League game between Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers at Balaka Stadium on Sunday. The match was later abandoned. Sulom blamed police for the skirmishes, saying they did…

Ng’ambi cautious of Sundowns interest

South Africa-based red-hot midfielder Robert Ng’ambi has said he is exercising caution in Mamelodi Sundowns’ advances for his signature, saying there are many factors that he needs to consider. Ng’ambi, who plays for Platinum Stars, said he is aware of the interest shown by Sundowns and SuperSport United to take him on board following a…

Continued violence worries TNM

TNM, sponsors of the flagship Super League, have said they are disturbed by the continued acts of violence at football matches that culminated in a loss of life at Balaka Stadium during an abandoned decider between Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers on Saturday. To this effect, TNM head of marketing Sobhuza Ngwenya said management has…

Violence, Rain mar last games

Ugly scenes at Balaka Stadium led to the abandonment of a crucial Super League title decider between Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers yesterday. The development led to the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) shelving the crowning of the winners until the disciplinary committee meets to determine the way forward. As we went to press yesterday,…

Gerald Phiri steps down as BB coach

Big Bullets coach Gerald Phiri Snr has predicted doom and gloom for the People’s Team if they do not put their house in order. Phiri said this on Friday soon after their final Super League game which ended in a goalless draw at Civo Stadium. He also announced his resignation as Bullets mentor. Bullets have…

FAM hostel to  be ready Feb

FAM has said its Chiwembe Technical Centre hostel, which is being refurbished to hotel standards, will be ready for use February next year. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) head of marketing Dan Tambala said this during the official launch of the Mpira Bar on Friday evening. “Fifa has already approved the room standards and our…

Gaba says SA league is tough

Former Big Bullets FC gem Gabadinho Mhango has said the gap between the South African PSL and the local top-flight league in terms of class, wealth, prestige and stature is huge. Gabadinho, who plays for Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit Bloemfontein Celtic, told Weekend Nation on Thursday that the PSL is tough and competitive. “I…

Tiga say Diamonds have an advantage

Tigresses have said their rivals Diamonds will have an advantage to win the Presidential National Netball Cup this afternoon as they will only play a single game. Defending champions Tigresses are set to face Civonets Sisters in the semis this morning and the winner will meet Diamonds who are already in the finals at Area…

At last, This is it!

All good things must come to an end. Thus, this season’s TNM Super League that set high standards in terms of competition and the overall entertainment package, comes to an end this afternoon. At stake is K9 million (US$21 479) ultimate prize and the league’s championship. The chase for the championship has gone down to…

GUoM boss wants Malawi to produce pro golfers

Newly-elected Golf Union of Malawi (GUoM) president Gabriel Kambale has said one of his dreams during his tenure is to see to it that the country produces a professional golfer. Kambale, who replaced James Chimwaza, was elected as GUoM president at an AGM held in Blantyre recently. He said his other plans include stepping up…