Keshi pleads with FAM to withdraw case

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has asked Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to consider withdrawing his racist remarks case against former Flames coach Tom Saintfiet. Saintfiet lodged a complaint to Fifa against Keshi after the former Super Eagles captain referred to him as a ‘white dude’. According to a report carried by the Nigerian Star, Keshi…

JBF qualifies for Airtel quarter-final

With only four minutes left, there could have been no better way to cap it all on Wednesday than with Isaac Mwale’s spectacular freekick that sent Joyce Banda Foundation (JBF) through to the quarter-finals of the Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) Africa Championship with a 1-0 win. The clock does not lie and as the time…

Arsenal director in Nigeria for Airtel tourney

Malawian young talent taking part in the continental showcase—the Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) Africa Championship—have a chance to impress top English Premiership club Arsenal which has sent a delegation to Nigeria to watch the action as it unfolds. Arsenal’s director of global partnership Vinai Venkatesham leads the delegation that includes a scout on the invitation…

Carlsberg concerned with ugly scenes

FAM to meet teams on violence Carlsberg Malawi has expressed concern on the continued ugly scenes that have characterised the final stages of the Carlsberg Cup. The giant brewer’s senior brands manager [alcoholics] Twikale Chirwa said they are hopeful that all concerned stakeholders in particular FAM and police will be on top of things and…

Officials take FAM to task over loss

Some football officials have taken FAM to task, saying it is to blame for the Flames poor results culminating in the failure to make it into the last phase of the 2014 World Cup qualification phase. The Flames were booted out following the 2-0 loss to Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Saturday. However, Football Association of…

Flames in road accident

It didn’t rain but poured for the Flames who were involved in a road accident Monday afternoon on their way to Blantyre after jetting in from Nigeria through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe earlier on. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) competitions officer Gomezgani Zakazaka confirmed the accident saying it occurred at Chimbiya Trading Centre in…

Malawi Pool Association (Mapa) has organised a friendly match for the national team against Lilongwe All Stars select side in preparation for the All Africa Pool Associations (AAPA) Championship. Mapa general secretary Saulos Thindwa said the idea is to give the coach a chance to select the best squad for the continental tournament. During the…

Standard Bank has rewarded outstanding players in quarter-final and semi-final matches with K10 000 (about $25) each. Blantyre United’s Abraham ‘Aboutrika’ Kamwendo stands head and shoulders above the rest as he will pocket K20 000 (about $50) for being named man-of-the-match twice. According to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) competitions manager Gomezgani Zakazaka, Kamwendo was…

Game over for Flames

The Flames’ ambitious 2014 World Cup dream came to a heartbreaking end when they went down 2-0 to Nigeria’s Super Eagles at UJ Usuene Stadium in Calabar. The Flames put up a good fight and held the African champions until virtually the dying minutes of the first half when Emmanuel Emenike drew first blood. The…

FAM dangles K200 000  to Flames for a win

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has pledged K200 000 (US$606) to each player should the Flames defy the odds and cause an upset in today’s decisive 2014 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Calabar. FAM chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda said although the pledge is almost nine times less than what the the…

Flames vow to die fighting

Some Flames senior players have declared that they will not step into the cauldron of UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar tomorrow with their backs to the wall for the make-or-break 2014 World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Vice-captain Moses ‘Luba’ Chavula, Limbikani Mzava and Robert Ng’ambi said while they carry the underdogs…

Persistent rains in Calabar worry FAM

FAM has said persistent rains in Nigeria could affect the flair of tomorrow’s decisive 2014 World Cup qualifier between the Super Eagles and the Flames slated for UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda yesterday said it seems very likely that the game will be played in…

Surestream play down  key players’ absence

Professor Peter Mutharika SRFL First Division pacesetters Surestream Academy have  said they will continue fulfilling league fixtures despite the absence of seven key players who are in camp with Nigeria-bound Joyce Banda Foundation (JBF). Surestream Academy, who top the league 10 points from three games, will host Chez Ntemba in their fifth game on Sunday…

Chimodzi, Mkorongo to drill Airtel tourney bound teams

Former Flames assistant coach Young Chimodzi and ex -women national football coach Tom Mkorongo have been hired to further drill Joyce Banda Foundation (JBF) and Matindi Girls Academy in the final phase of their preparation for the Airtel Rising Stars Africa Championship to be held in Nigeria. Airtel Malawi’s brands and communication manager Isabel Kachinjika…

FAM inspects Nigeria match stadium

FAM has expressed satisfaction with the state of UJ Esuene Stadium in Nigeria which will host Saturday’s decisive 2014 World Cup qualifier between the Super Eagles and the Flames. The stadium is located at the heart of Calabar. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda expressed contentment after inspecting the facility on…

I have no pressure, says Saintfiet

Flames coach Tom Saintfiet has said he is not in a sweat about Saturday’s make-or-break 2014 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria despite going down  0-1 to Botswana on Tuesday night. Saintfiet was responding to the question whether the loss to Botswana—who are considered lightweights on the continent—puts him under pressure with a few days before…

KB feel unsafe at Kamuzu Stadium

Kamuzu Barracks (KB) have requested FAM to seriously consider shifting the venue of Sunday’s Carlsberg Cup quarter-final clash against Blantyre United to a neutral venue on security grounds. KB chairperson Lieutenant Colonel Saiford Kalisha also cited the resolution made during a stakeholders’ meeting that local games should be put on hold whenever there are national…