Fresh hearing for Nomads vs Mzuni case

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) appeals committee has ordered a fresh hearing of the case involving Be Forward Wanderers and Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC on their match that failed to take place due to violence. The Nomads appealed against the disciplinary committee’s earlier verdict which ordered a replay and imposed fines on both teams. But…

Fifa approves stadium project

Fifa has approved the upgrading of Football Association of Malawi’s (FAM) Mpira ground in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre into a fully fledged stadium under a Forward Project. The project will see the current facility upgraded to a 10 000-seater stadium capable of hosting high-profile Super League matches, according to FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda. “The project…

CAF shifts Afcon qualifiers

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has shifted Malawi’s 2019 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying matches from March to September 2018. This follows a petition from African teams that have qualified for the Russia World Cup to take place from June 14 to 15 July 2018—Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt, Senegal and Tunisia. Led by Nigeria Football…

RVG in tight spot

Coach Ronny van Geneugden’s (RVG) bending to pressure to include old-guards in his team has raised fears of another failed attempt at the Flames rebuilding exercise. RVG has succumbed to pressure from stakeholders, including his own captain Limbikani Mzava, to include old-guards in the national team. He recalled veteran Chiukepo Msowoya, Atusaye Nyondo and Robin…

Masters, KB tussle for Fisd Cup final slot

Fisd Challenge Cup semi-finals roll into action this weekend with Masters Security and Kamuzu Barracks (KB) facing off Saturday  afternoon at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe. In theory, Masters enter the pitch as minnows, but the reality on the ground is that they are one of the most consistent sides in the K52 million cup. They…

No CECAFA for flames

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has announced that the Flames will not take part as guests at the forthcoming Council for East and Central Africa (Cecafa) Senior Challenge Cup scheduled for November 25 to December 12. Malawi has been participating as guests at the regional competition in the past four editions. In the last edition…

Fisd to dress semi-finalists, dish out K4m

Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Development (Fisd) will this morning dress the four Fisd Challenge Cup semi-finalists. The sponsors will also dish out K1 million to each of the four clubs—Nyasa Big Bullets, Masters Security, Kamuzu Barracks and Moyale Barracks—at a function to be held at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe. Masters Security and Kamuzu Barracks…

Sibale goes at K12m

Mozambique National Mocambola League giants Costa Do Sol and Silver Strikers have completed a deal for the Bankers’ net-buster Matthews Sibale who is expected to replace Portugal-bound Flames striker Richard Mbulu. In the deal, Sibale will join Costa do Sol in January at a $17 000 (about K12 343 635) transfer fee. Both the Maputo-based…

Title battle resumes for top 3 teams

Three top teams resume the TNM Super League title race with unpredictable fixtures  lined up in Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Blantyre. Be Forward Wanderers will be hoping to take their tally to 58 points as they face Azam Tigers at the Chilomoni Stadium in Blantyre. Though the first round encounter ended goalless, the Nomads can take…

Fifa blames stakeholders for football violence

Lack of division of responsibilities during matches is the main cause of violence at matches, a Fifa report compiled by United Kingdom-based safety and security experts Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) has revealed. The world football governing body’s report states that there is lack of clearly defined responsibilities for all stakeholders during matches, as a…

Malawi in tough Cosafa U-20 group

  Malawi Under-20 national football team have been drawn in tough Cosafa Youth Championship group which has defending champions and hosts Zambia. The junior Flames are in Group A which, apart from the Zambians, also has Swaziland and quests Uganda following a draw held in South Africa yesterday. They start their campaign against Swaziland on…

Mwawi row not over

  The stand-off between Queens goal-shooter Mwawi Kumwenda and Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) is far from over. In the latest episode, the player’s manager Hlupi Chalamba has given conditions for the player’s return to the Queens, who go into camp this Sunday to start preparations for test matches against England this month. In a…

Nomads, Mzuni verdict tomorrow

  Be Forward Wanderers and Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC will know the fate of their abandoned match tomorrow, according to Super League of Malawi (Sulom). Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said in an interview the disciplinary committee met in Lilongwe on Tuesday evening. “All the stakeholders presented their side of the story. We are just…

FAM cuts Bingu stadium capacity

  Football Association Malawi (FAM) says it will follow Fifa recommendation of 30 000 capacity for Bingu National Stadium (BNS) when the Flames face Lesotho in an international friendly this Saturday. The world football governing body, in its report compiled by United Kingdom-based safety and security experts Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA), recommended that the…

Moyale not underrating rookies Umodzi

Moyale Barracks say they are not underrating lower league side Umodzi FC of Nsanje as the two sides clash in Fisd Challenge Cup quarter-finals at Kalulu Stadium in Nchalo, Chikwawa this afternoon. Moyale assistant coach Charles Kamanga said after booting out defending champions Be Forward Wanderers, it would be foolhardy to lose to the minnows…

All set for U-20 Cosafa draw

Malawi Under-20 national football team will today be among 12 teams that go into the pot for the 2017 Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Youth Championship draw. The junior Flames join defending champions and hosts Zambia, six-time winners Zimbabwe, last year’s finalists South Africa, Angola, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and two guests—Egypt…

Fisd rolls out SMS promo

Fisd Challenge Cup sponsors have launched a promotion in which football fans stand a chance of winning irrigation equipment. Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Irrigation (Fisd) marketing and communications manager Wezzie Chiumia said this is one way of letting football fans appreciate the importance of irrigation. He said: “We are giving out Solar Now Irrigation…

BB, Eagles search for Fisd Cup glory

Nyasa Big Bullets and Blue Eagles clash this afternoon in Fisd Challenge Cup quarter-finals at Civo Stadium with the People’s Team hoping for another victory over the Malawi Police Service (MPS) outfit. The last time the two sides met, Bullets beat Eagles in TNM Super League at Chilomoni Stadium. This time, Bullets have travelled to…

Drama at Balaka

A multitude of supporters that thronged Balaka Stadium were on Saturday left fuming after the match they paid for between Be Forward Wanderers and Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC failed to take place. Mzuni left the match venue after they were allegedly assaulted by Wanderers supporters as they were entering the pitch. Mzuni club general secretary Khumbo…

Use agents to organise friendlies, FAM advised

  Unless Football Association of Malawi (FAM) shifts from using its general secretary (GS) to organise international friendly matches, Malawi’s Flames will continue playing lowly-ranked teams, analysts have observed. The analysts were reacting to FAM’s confession that it struggles to get friendly matches for the national team. FAM GS Alfred Gunda last week said the…