Nomads suspicious of cup draws procedure

Be Forward Wanderers say they are suspicious of cup competition draws procedure because they have of late been pitting ‘some team’ against minnows. Though not directly mentioning their rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets, Wanderers chairperson Gift Mkandawire on Wednesday said they ‘smell a rat’ since one team keeps on being paired against ‘small teams’. He said:…

‘Believe in us’

Though the odds are stuck against Malawi in this Saturday’s 2019 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Morocco’s Atlas Lions, South Africa-based striker Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango has pleaded for a little faith in the Flames. The Flames flew out to Morocco on Wednesday and Mhango said he was confident they can upset the tables…

At last, a derby worth its salt

So many times we have heard complaints from football fans that the Blantyre derby between traditional rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers is overrated, but not last Saturday’s. Those that witnessed the return of the Blantyre derby to Kamuzu Stadium after two years, surely left the stadium satisfied. From the first whistle to…

Silver Strikers storm Chitowe

  Central Region giants Silver Strikers storm Dwangwa’s Chitowe Stadium in Nkhotakota bent on collecting maximum points to re-launch their TNM Super League title bid. Overtaken by second-placed Be Forward Wanderers two weeks ago, the Bankers are on a mission to dislodge the Nomads. A 1-0 win over Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC last weekend courtesy…

The real Blantyre derby

  The Blantyre derby is like a civil war—it pits brothers against each other,  husbands against wives, sons against  fathers, neighbours against each other—even church members turn against each other in the rivalry. And when that Blantyre derby returns to its original home—the Kamuzu Stadium—the city comes to complete standstill. This afternoon’s top of the…

Presidential Cycling Race distance reduced

  Cycling Federation of Malawi (CFM) has reduced the distance of this year’s Presidential Initiative on Sports (PIS) Cycling Championship in the men’s category from 140 kilometres (km) to 100 km. CFM vice-president Jonathan Tengani said the 40km reduction is meant to act as a relief for the contestants, who are expected to compete under…

Chester ruled out

  Be Forward Wanderers have expressed frustration after their playmaker Yamikani Chester was ruled out of tomorrow’s Blantyre derby following an injury from a tackle by Nyasa Big Bullets defender Yamikani Fodya during national team training yesterday. Wanderers team manager Stevie Madeira confirmed that the versatile winger, who has won man-of-the-match awards in the Nomads’…

Sulom opts for kiosks to curb gate fraud

  Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has introduced a new ticketing system which will see kiosks used as selling points instead of the turnstiles. Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said the new system, which will first be used when Nyasa Big Bullets host Be Forward Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium this Saturday, seeks to curb gate…

Queens supporters to petition Sports Minister

  A grouping calling itself Malawi National Netball Team Supporters Association wants says it will petition Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development over Malawi Queens’ recent poor performance. The group’s concerns follow the Queens’ recent poor performance at Africa Netball Championship in Zambia where it lost to Zambi and Uganda and finished as…

Sulom hikes derby charges

    Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has hiked gate charges for the Blantyre derby between rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium this Saturday. The last time the two sides clashed at the venue in TNM Super League second round in October 2016, open stands tickets were at K1 500.…

Ngalande, Atusaye join Flames camp

  South Africa-based strikers Atusaye Nyondo and Robin Ngalande have joined the Flames camp in preparation for the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Morocco’s Atlas Lions in Rabat, Morocco on September 7. The two are so far the only foreign-based players in the squad which started camp training over the weekend at Chiwembe…

Nyamilandu eyes Fifa council post

  Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu wants to replace former Ghana Football Association (GFA) head Kwesi Nyantakyi on the Fifa council during Confederation of African Football (CAF) extraordinary congress on September 30. The seat has been vacant since Nyantakyi resigned from all his positions at Fifa, CAF, West Africa Football Union (Wafu)…

RVG sticks to script

There is not much change to the Flames squad which will face Morocco in a swim or sink 2019 Afcon qualifier on September 7 in Rabat, Morocco. Apart from a few debutants, coach Ronny Van Geneugden (RVG) has maintained his favourites for the qualifier against the Lions of the Atlas. RVG has included all players…

12 confirm Cosafa Women’s Championship

Twelve teams, including Malawi, have confirmed their participation at the 2018 Cosafa Women’s Championship following the inclusion of Cameroon and Uganda as guests. Cosafa deputy chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda said the guest teams will make the tournament, which will be staged in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality from September 12-22, competitive and exciting. He…

Katunga clinches CDH Investment Bank golf

  James Katunga on Saturday returned to the golf course after a one-year break in style  by beating a field of 82 golfers in CDH Investment Bank Invitational Golf at Blantyre Sports Club (BSC). The handicap 17 law student amassed 36 points,  counted. Second-placed Godwin Chinseu (handicap 15) was on second position with 36 points…

Chombo excited with  women’s team coaching job

Maggie Chombo Sadik, one of women’s football pioneers, says she is honoured to be appointed as women’s national team coach. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) appointed Chombo Sadik to lead the national team at the forthcoming Cosafa Women’s Championship in South Africa next month. “I feel honoured to be given this opportunity to coach the…

Malawi umpires miss out

  There was no Malawian umpire at the just ended Africa Netball Championship in yet another serious indication how netball officiation has taken a dip. Though Malawi is regarded a netball giant in the world capable of stunning even world number two teams such as New Zealand, International Netball Federation (INF) opted for officials from…

Queens face Kenya in dead-rubber

Malawi national netball team, the Queens wrap up their Africa Netball Champions campaign this afternoon in a dead-rubber match against Kenya at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. Despite recovering from the first ever in shock loss to Zambia to beat Namibia 86-47 yesterday, the Queens already surrendered the battle for the top position…

Sulom secures man-of-match sponsors

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) yesterday unveiled sponsors for man-of-match and coach of the month awards to the tune of K10 million. Lilongwe Beverages Limited has pumped in K7.5 million for man-of-the-match award while Aspire Trading has committed K2.5 million for the coach of the month accolade. Sulom president Innocent Bottoman said the awards will…