Government takes NAM to task

Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Francis Kasaila has demanded a report from Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) on the Queens’ performance at the just-ended Fast5 World Netball Series in Melbourne, Australia. Kasaila yesterday said government wants answers on why the team performed miserably despite NAM’s assurances that they would do well. The…

Mo626 College Basketball Championship launched

  All roads led to Blantyre Youth Centre on Saturday morning where the newly-introduced National Bank of Malawi-sponsored Mo626 College Basketball Championship was launched. Vice-President Saulo Chilima, who was guest of honour, set the pace by featuring in a launch match between Malawi colleges alumni team and current students select side. The veterans came from…

Gaba breaks silence on spitting saga

  Flames striker Frank Gabadinho Mhango has finally broken the silence on the case in which he is accused of spitting on AmaZulu player Michael Morton on September 20 and apologised for the incident. In a statement issued yesterday, Gaba, commenting on the incident for the first time, said he was waiting for the disciplinary…

Hall of shame

  Malawi Queens lost all their matches at the Fast5 World Netball Series in Merboune, Australia over the weekend. After losing their opening day matches to Australia, England and Jamaica, the Queens were literary just hoping to salvage some pride in the last two matches. But they miserably failed to do so, losing 26-28 to…

Disaster for Malawi Queens in Australia

Malawi national netball team yesterday put the nation to shame after losing all their three matches at the on-going Fast5 World Netball Series in Merbourne, Australia. The Queens were hammered 39-43 by hosts Australia’s Diamonds in the opening match of the tournament. Having last beaten Australia in 2012 at the Fast5, the result was understandable,…

Queens’ final hour is here

After all has been said and done, Malawi Queens finally launch the Fast5 World Netball Series with the attention on how the team will cope with the absence of top shooter Mwawi Kumwenda. Malawi take on hosts and last year’s runners-up Australia in the opening match of the tournament at Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Australia,…

Violence crawls back into football

  Violence and hooliganism, once thought to have been eradicated in Malawi football, is back. This time, almost every high-profile match is registering sporadic incidents. Chilomoni Stadium in Blantyre, formerly MDC Stadium, has turned into a warzone where every match involving Nyasa Big Bullets witnesses some form of violence. In the latest incident, Karonga United…

Where are the academies?

  Not a time long ago, the country was awash with football academies which, we were told, were the future of Malawi football—not any more. The several academies that sprouted in almost every township, are gone just as abruptly as they appeared. Before the opening of Surestream Academy in 2012, the idea of schools of…

Silver call for crisis meet

Silver Strikers have called for a crisis meeting following the team’s poor showing that saw the Bankers return from the Southern Region with a point from possible six. The Bankers unbeaten run came to a halt on Sunday after losing 1-0 to Red Lions at Balaka Stadium, 24 hours after they were also held by…

Chitipa teen technical staff causes stir

  When faced with tribulations, anything that can provide answers to the predicament is welcome. Be Forward Wanderers supporters on Saturday found an explanation for their team’s 0-0 draw against Chitipa United in their opponents’ teen member of the technical panel. The match, which ended goalless, was marred by ugly scenes as the Nomads supporters…

Box 2 sets hype to platinum jubilee

  Business almost came to a standstill in Zomba City on Saturday as students and alumni of Zomba Catholic Secondary School, also known as Box 2, marched to launch celebration week of 75 years of the institution’s existence. The climax of the celebrations will take place on October 28 at the school’s campus. Clad in…

Gaba hearing shifted to October 26

Flames striker Frank Gabadinho Mhango will still have to wait a little longer to know his fate after Premier Soccer League (PSL) disciplinary committee shifted hearing of a case, in which he is accused of spitting at AmaZulu FC player Michael Morton, to October 26. Gaba was initially supposed to appear before the committee on…

All set for KA Stadium Super League debut

Business is expected to come to a standstill this afternoon in Karonga as the newly-built Karonga Stadium hosts the first ever TNM Super League match. It is not just an ordinary top-flight league fixture—title favourites, Be Forward Wanderers, are in town up against rookies bottom-placed Chitipa United. After some bickering on whether the venue is…

Lesotho match at Bingu Stadium

  Malawi national football team, the Flames, will return to Bingu National Stadium on November 11 after Football Association of Malawi (FAM) convinced Lesotho Football Association that the international friendly against the ‘Crocodiles’ should be played in the country. Initially, the two sides agreed that match, which will be played on Fifa international calendar date,…

FAM rebuffs silver

  Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has thrown out Silver Strikers’ complaint on Dwangwa United player Wilson Magombo. The local football governing body has advised Super League of Malawi (Sulom) that Dwangwa can continue using the player, effectively quashing Silver’s call for the league administrators to dock points from the Nkhotakota-based outfit. Silver wanted Dwangwa…

Malawi to hold first Karate Championship

  Malawi will host its first ever Karate Championship this Saturday at Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe. The championship, organised by the Embassy of Japan and Malawi Japan Karate Association (Majka), is aimed at helping the athletes prepare for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Practitioners with yellow, orange and green belts will compete in Heian Shodan…

Sibale linked with Costa  do Sol

Silver Strikers’ lethal striker Matthews Sibale has attracted the interest of Mozambique National League, Mocambola, outfit Costa Do Sol. The Maputo-based club has offered the striker an outright contract, according to Silver general secretary Thabo Chakaka-Nyirenda. “They want the player to join them in January. But they want the deal finalised now,” he said. Chakaka-Nyirenda…

Mwawi vs NAM: no love lost

History tends to repeat itself. On Friday, the netball fraternity had a rude awakening when news filtered in that Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) had sent back home Australia-based shooter Mwawi Kumwenda for reporting late for training. NAM general secretary Carol Bapu was so diplomatic on the issue. She simply confirmed the upshot, saying the…

Cosafa sets new dates for Under-20 tourney

  Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) has announced that the Under-20 Youth Championship will be held from December 6 to 16. This follows Zambia’s taking over as hosts after Mozambique pulled out due to financial problems, according to Cosafa deputy chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda. “The new dates have been set so as…