Malawi embraces Podium Performance

Malawi sports fraternity has officially embraced the Southern Africa Podium Performance Programme; a block sports science project meant to produce medalists at major world and continental sports events. Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five president Dr. Vetumbuavi Veii on Wednesday launched the programme at College of Medicine Sports Complex whose High Performance Centre has…

Flames game rated full friendly

The Flames game against Uganda Under-23 national football team met basic requirements of a full friendly (A grade international match), FAM facility and transfer matching system manager Casper Jangale confirmed on Tuesday. “We wrote to Fifa applying for a friendly match. As for the match being played for just 80 minutes, it depends on the…

FAM told to hire local tactician for Flames

Government has shut the door on the prospect of hiring an expatriate as the Flames’ head coach, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu disclosed on Tuesday. He said the ultimate employers, the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, have told the association that Capital Hill coffers are shallow to meet an expatriate’s demands.…

INF determined to develop Malawi top netball umpires

The International Netball Federation (INF) says it is determined to ensure that Malawi’s status as the continent’s number one netball country also translates to the standard of umpires. INF international umpiring manager Christina Davidson made the assurance when The Nation contacted her over the selection criteria for the 2015 World Netball Cup officiating panel, which…

Flames two places up on Fifa rankings

The Flames are now positioned 95th out of 207 senior national football teams in the world after jumping by two places on the latest Fifa rankings  reviewed on Friday. On the latest list, Malawi is now ranked 25th in Africa and fifth in southern Africa behind Zambia (68th, 16th in Africa), South Africa (69, 19),…

Msowoya, Mtawali stake their claims

Striker Chiukepo Msowoya’s 75th minute winner helped him and interim coach Ernest Mtawali stake their claims for Flames’ permanent consideration following a 1-0 win over makeshift Uganda Cranes on Monday. With Football Association of Malawi (FAM) in search of a permanent coach and the Flames badly in need of a striker with a good scoring…

Silver management summon coaches

Silver Strikers executive committee has summoned the coach Stan Chirwa-led technical panel to explain the Bankers’ catastrophic dip in form. The meeting follows three straight TNM Super League first round defeats that have put a big dent on Silver’s title aspirations. Silver acting general secretary Fred Kalonga confirmed on Thursday that the meeting would take…

FLAMES, CRANES CLASH TODAY

There can be no better stage to audition for Flames’ coaching job than in front of President Peter Mutharika and ultimate employer, Sports and Youth Development Minister Grace Chiumia. Such is an opportunity which interim coach Ernest Mtawali and his backroom staff have when the Flames host the Cranes of Uganda today in an Independence…

Malawi barred from All Africa Games again

The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports has quietly decided against sending a sports team to 2015 All Africa Games scheduled for Congo-Brazzaville this September amid reports that government owes organisers millions in affiliation fees. Sources told Weekend Nation that the team would be ineligible to compete due to Malawi Government’s habitual failure to pay…

Nomads, Silver seek to bounce back

Be Forward Wanderers host Airborne Rangers at Kalulu Stadium today desperate to slash TNM Super League leaders’ Big Bullets’ tally to two points and ease pressure on the Nomads coach Elia Kananji. The challenge for Kananji is that even a win against the ninth-placed Rangers will be treated as trivia following straight 0-2 and 1-2…

Zimbabwe crowned new Africa netball champions

Zimbabwe netball national team, Gems, emerged as the best among the weak teams that graced the 2015 Africa Netball Championship in Botswana where they lifted the continental championship on Wednesday. The Herald newspaper of Zimbabwe reported yesterday that the Gems defeated Tanzania 37-28 at Bona Court in Gaborone to win the championship of the watered-down…

Tug war as Flames hold on to players

A club-versus-country tug-of-war looks imminent over Flames coaches’ decision to hold on to all players currently camping ahead of this the Independence Celebrations game on Monday against Uganda’s Cranes at Kamuzu Stadium. Flames interim team manager Chancy Gondwe yesterday said the message he got from the stand-in Ernest Mtawali-led coaching panel was that no player…

Mkanda, Nthala ruled out

Mozambique-based goalkeeper Simplex Nthala and striker Zicco Mkanda are a huge doubt for this Monday’s Independence Celebrations game against Uganda’s Cranes at Kamuzu Stadium. The Liga Desportivo de Maputo forward yesterday said FAM had refused to buy his air ticket from Maputo “because they are, for this game, only focusing on home based-players.” Mkanda, whose…

Malawi umpires shunned for World Netball Cup

Malawi umpires have been left out of the officiating panel for this August’s Netball World Cup in Australia—a development that is worrying Netball Association of Malawi’s (NAM). NAM vice-president Chimwemwe Kachingwe yesterday admitted that none of the local umpires are qualified enough to handle world games. The tournament will run from August 7 to 16. …

Chimodzi Jnr career stalls

  Former Silver Strikers captain and Flames midfielder Young Chimodzi Jnr’s career has stalled as he is yet to depart for India where he, in March, signed for Kenkre Sports Club. The holding midfielder yesterday explained that he was waiting for his foreign-based agent to arrange with Kenkre for his air ticket. The delays have…

Relief for Queens as SA withdraw from Africa tourney

Malawi netball senior national team rivals, South Africa’s Spar Proteas, have withdrawn from the 2015 Africa Netball Championship currently underway in Botswana. The pull-out of the Proteas, who are ranked second in Africa, has quelled fears that the Queens could be overtaken as the continent’s number one netball team. South Africa was earlier reportedly also…

NOMADS GS QUESTIONS COACHES’ PERFORMANCE

Be Forward Wanderers’ technical committee chairperson Mike Butao has triggered a verbal war at the Lali Lubani by questioning the technical panel’s performance against other TNM Super League championship contenders. Stung by straight 0-2 and 1-2 losses to Silver Strikers and defending champions Big Bullets respectively in the last two weeks, Butao yesterday wondered why…