JKU hold Bullets in Zanzibar

Nyasa Big Bullets’ preparations for CAF Champions League are on track after they drew 0-0 with JKU SC yesterday at Aman Stadium in Zanzibar. However, that is not the same with their Champions League opponents Gor Mahia of Kenya, who have been hit by internal wrangles just three weeks before the two sides clash. After…

Flames coach worried with scoring

Flames coach Ronny Van Geneugden (RVG) says despite  Malawi’s flamboyant passing football, the team must overcome  failure to finish off the game as they face Comoros in a crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier tomorrow at Stade de Moroni in Comoros. In an interview after arriving in Comoros, the coach said the team’s…

Thuso, two more in Under-23 squad

  Under-23 national football team coach Meke Mwase has called three more players into the squad that is preparing for the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Botswana. Mwase has drafted in Silver Strikers duo of playmaker Thuso Paipi and defender Hadji Wali, and Bullets Reserves blossoming striker Hassan Kajoke. Under-23 assistant coach…

Flames replicas in

  Finally, Malawi national football team supporters will don Flames jerseys as the first consignment of the replicas is set to hit the market next week. FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda yesterday said Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has cleared the consignment which arrived two weeks ago. He said the secretariat was now waiting for the…

Malawi face familiar foes in Region 5 Games

Both Malawi women’s Under-20 and men’s Under-17 teams will face familiar foes at the 2018 African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana from December 6 to 16. In men’s football, Malawi is in Group B alongside 2018 Cosafa Under-17 champions Angola, guests Tanzania and South Africa. Hosts Botswana, Zambia, e-Swatini…

Silver, Bullets miss CAF offer

  Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers cannot beef up their squads for CAF club tournaments despite the Africa football governing body reopening the registration for players for Champions League and Confederation Cup, respectively. The registration closed on October 20, but Confederation of African Football  (CAF) has decided to reopen the process up to November…

Lule excited with Flames role

  South Africa-based former Flames forward Lawrence ‘Lule’ Waya says he is excited to be with the Malawi national football team as strikers trainer. Waya jetted into the country on Sunday to join the Flames technical panel ahead of Malawi’s crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations away qualifier against Comoros. Malawi has scored just one…

Just desserts

  Financial constraints have hit some regional football league teams hard, prompting Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) to expel Mchengautuwa United and Mbawa FC from the Simama and Sons (Simso) Premier League for failing to pay registration fees. NRFA general secretary Masiya Nyasulu confirmed yesterday that the two teams have been forced out of the…

Bullets  close in  on title

Nyasa Big Bullets on Saturday moved within sniffing distance of the TNM Super League title after beating TN Stars 2-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. First-half goals from Chiukepo Msowoya—in the 14th minute and Nelson Kangunje in the 20th minute—ensured that the leaders keep their title campaign momentum. Chiukepo, who is the leading scorer in…

No rest

  The festive season is set to be a busy period for Malawi senior and junior football teams who are participating in four competitions with the same pool of players between November and December. The Flames will next week start preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) crucial qualifier against Comoros slated for…

Local TV rights deal deferred

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has deferred to next year results of bids media houses submitted for combined football matches television rights. In February this year, FAM invited bids from interested media houses for matches involving national football teams, Chifundo Charity Shield, TNM Super League, Airtel Top 8, Carlsberg Cup and Fisd Challenge Cup. FAM…

Bullets  guard  top spot

Nelson Kangunje’s powerful header in the 83rd minute gave Nyasa Big Bullets a deserved win on Saturday at Nankhaka ground against Blue Eagles in a TNM Super League game . The win cemented Bullets position at the top of the log table on 58 points as title rivals Silver Strikers dropped points in a one-all…

Flames static on Fifa rankings

  The Flames have maintained their position on Fifa rankings despite holding Africa champions Cameroon in Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) last week. After starting the year on position 124, the October rankings place the Flames on position 125, with just two months to go before wrapping up 2018. They have also maintained position 33…

Gaba, CJ to miss Comoros match

  Malawi national football team, the Flames, will miss stand-in captain John CJ Banda and striker Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango when they face Comoros away in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier next month. Band—who plays for Mozambique outfit Ferroviario de Nampula—and Bidvest Wits striker Mhango are suspended after accumulating two yellow cards each.…

No Flames players in U-23 first leg

  Coach Ronny van Geneugden (RVG) has shelved plans to have some Flames players in the Under-23 national team that faces Botswana in U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) on the same day the senior team plays Comoros away in a 2019 Afcon qualifier. Though Afcon is restricted to Under-23 players, born on or after…

Swift revenge

  Be Forward Wanderers yesterday responded mercilessly to their last Saturday’s Carlsberg Cup final painful loss to Masters Security by thrashing the Lilongwe-based outfit 4-0 in Fisd Challenge Cup round of 32 match at Kamuzu Stadium. But the impressive turnout at the stadium was betrayed by poor organisation of the match which was delayed for…

MDF teams face crisis

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) teams, which were once a force to reckon with, have fallen from grace and face relegation in TNM Super League, a development football analysts have attributed to frequent change of coaches and squads due to peace-keeping missions. While accepting that they miss the services of some players who go for United…

Masters of their destiny

A Masters Security yesterday  stunned Be Forward Wanderers 5-4 on post match penalties and claimed their first ever silverware—the Carlsberg Cup—in a nerve-wracking final at fully-packed Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. Though the Nomads took the lead just 40 seconds into the match when left-back Precious Sambani headed in a Yamikani Chester cross, Masters, were a better…

Bullets survive Nchalo scare

    Irate Nyasa Big Bullets supporters yesterday held a vigil at Kamuzu Stadium to push for the reinstatement of fired coach Elia Kananji after the People’s Team failed to unlock struggling Nchalo United in regulation time before winning 4-3 on post-match penalties in a dull Fisd Challenge Cup preliminary round encounter. It was one…