Flames drawn against Chad

For the third consecutive time, the Flames have been drawn against Chad’s Sao. This time around, it is in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers second preliminary round. The Flames will host Chad on May 17 in the first leg. Reacting to the draw on Sunday, senior player Joseph Kamwendo, assistant coach Jack Chamangwana…

Kafoteka withdraws lawsuit against FAM

Former Flames vice-captain Elvis Kafoteka has advised his lawyer to withdraw from the Blantyre Magistrate’s Court a case against the Football Association of Malawi (FAM). The 35-year-old sued FAM through his lawyer Bob Chimkango two months ago, seeking compensation for the injury he sustained when the Flames participated in the 2010 Cecafa Tournament in Tanzania.…

Kananji starts without contract

EliaKananji has unofficially started his new job as Big Bullets head coach without signing a contract. The former Blantyre United coach and Bullets general secretary Harold Fote confirmed the development at the weekend. Kananji’s first task was the Lilongwe University of Law Bonanza that was held in Lilongwe. “I can confirm that I have started…

Improved SMEs skills may reduce poverty, says LDF

The Local Development Fund (LDF) said Malawi’s high poverty levels may be reduced if Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) acquire the right skills. LDF executive director Sam Kakhobwe said that weak enterprise culture has to some extent contributed to poor local economic growth. He said this during the closing ceremony of training of trainers’ course…

FAM helpless with players who insult referees

Contrary to people’s expectations, The Nation has established that it is not by choice that football club officials and players who insult referees in media interviews get away with it. The truth of the matter is that in the country’s football statutes, there is no check for such misconduct as is the case elsewhere in…

22 parties collect nomination forms

At least 22 political parties have so far collected nomination forms to contest in the presidential, parliamentary and local government elections on May 20, a far cry from the 54 registered parties in the country. Among the parties that plan to field a presidential candidate is Alliance for Democracy (Aford) amid court wrangles emanating from…

Desperate RBM issues securities at 40%

In a desperate attempt to control money supply and rein in inflation, the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has issued securities—tradable instruments—worth K17.9 billion at over 40 percent, a move condemned by an economist as counterproductive. According RBM daily money market reports, the central bank has issued securities through Open Market Operations (OMO)—the buying and…

PCL yearly profit to jump 70%

Dual-listed conglomerate Press Corporation Limited (PCL) is expected to post a 70 percent rise in after-tax profit in the year ended December 2013, according to a trading update issued yesterday. This is the same profit forecast the company gave in the year ended December 2012. In 2012, the group listed on Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)…

Entering the year 2014 will be a great experience as mobile telecommunications company Airtel Malawi will, on New Year’s Day, release a musical anthem which features over 20 of the country’s top musicians on a track dubbed Mwezi Wawala – Tithyole Dansi. Airtel Malawi deputy managing director Maurice Newa disclosed that Mwezi Wawala is a…

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), the country’s State broadcaster, has been recognised at continental level for its contribution to the promotion of innovation. MBC emerged among the top five institutions drawn from across Africa and selected from 67 entries at the 35th Africa Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) Annual Roundtable Conference held at Serena…

The Southern Region Referees Committee (SRRC) has suspended for six months three of its Grade One referees for accusing the committee’s leadership of misappropriating funds and demanding bribes from referees. Harris Kajawo, Waneck Mlenga and Felix Nkhoma, who officiate Super League games, drew the wrath of the committee after reportedly authoring a letter accusing their…

Army teams owe Epac owner K1.5m in player deals

Businessperson Dini Josaya Banda has said Malawi Defence Force (MDF) teams owe him K1.5 million through his Epac Football Club in respect of players to Red Lions (K400 000), Moyale Barracks (K400 000) and Kamuzu Barracks K700 000. In an interview on Wednesday, Banda said they will use proper channels to get their money. The players…

Unlocked lock: Allegory of loot?

Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, one of the most widely read novels of all time, flags his 2013 publication, Inferno, with a line from Dante Alighieri’s epic poem The Divine Comedy: “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” It is, therefore,…

Newly crowned Miss Malawi UK Alexina Phiri, who this coming weekend participates in Miss Black Africa UK, has lined up a number of events aimed at selling the country to probable tourists. She is set to convince the West, most especially UK, that there is more good news about Malawi and Africa at large apart…

Malawi urged to develop seed sector through PPP

Malawi should move towards developing her seed sector by creating a strong Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in the sector, a renowned professor in agriculture has advised. Richard Mkandawire, who is also vice-president for the South Africa-based African Fertiliser and Agri-business Partnership (Afap), offered the tip at the weekend in Lilongwe on the sidelines of a Malawi…

Trapping mosquitoes with sugar

It was in Standard Four at St. Andrews High School in Blantyre that the now 15-year-old Joshua Mwanda was introduced to science as a subject. “I have liked it since then. I love opening and observing objects and I dream of pursuing a career in electrical engineering,” said Mwanda, a Form Four student at Lilongwe…

Women soccer sidelined in Malawi

If you think discrimination against women in Malawi is only rampant in homes and offices, then you are wrong. Discrimination has crossed frontiers into domestic football where Super League clubs resist sharing pitches with their female counterparts, thereby denying them exposure and with it, the growth of women football. In 2011, the now defunct Abramo…