National Sports – The Nation Online http://mwnation.com Top Malawi Breaking News Headlines Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:24:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 KB in second Fisd Cup final http://mwnation.com/kb-second-fisd-cup-final/ http://mwnation.com/kb-second-fisd-cup-final/#comments Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:24:15 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222537 Kamuzu Barracks (KB) yesterday booked a place in the Fisd Challenge Cup final after overpowering Masters Security 5-4 through post-match penalties in a dramatic semi-final at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe. Manase Chiyesa scored the decisive penalty for KB after Wyson Nkana blasted his sudden death spot-kick. KB have broken a record to become the first…

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Kamuzu Barracks (KB) yesterday booked a place in the Fisd Challenge Cup final after overpowering Masters Security 5-4 through post-match penalties in a dramatic semi-final at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

Manase Chiyesa scored the decisive penalty for KB after Wyson Nkana blasted his sudden death spot-kick.

KB have broken a record to become the first team to qualify for the final for the second consecutive time after they lost to Be Forward Wanderers in last year final.

But this did not come on a silver platter for KB as they had overcome a resilient foe in Masters, who came from behind to force a two-all draw in regulation time.

KB coach Billy Phambala said he was not happy that they had to win through penalties.

“We were casual after leading 2-0. We need to avoid such things,” he said.

Masters coach Abbas Makawa hailed his charges for  a battle well-fought.

“It is just that today was  not our day,” he said.

Led by veterans Richard Chande, Tsanzo Dalio, Gerard Nkungula, Bester Phiri and Eneya Banda, Masters Security took the game to the TNM Super League defending champions, but the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers soaked the pressure.

Masters were a better side in attacking sense, but against the run of play, KB took the lead through Dan Ziba in the 37th minute, beating Masters keeper Phiri as the first-half ended 1-0.

The second-half started the same as the previous half as Masters searched for an equaliser.

However, Chiyesa  extended  KB’s  lead  when he clinically  beat  keeper Phiri from close range following  midfielder Dave  Banda’s  through  ball.

But two minutes later, Juma Yatina pulled one back when his header caught KB defence flat-footed.

KB could have wrapped up the game in regulation time when referee Ishamel Chisinga awarded the soldiers a penalty following a foul on Diouf Simaone, but Phiri saved Chiyesa’s spot-kick.

Straight from Phiri, a counter attack keeper Nthala fouled Vincent Nyangulu in the box and Chisinga awarded Masters a penalty.  Dalio made no mistake as the game ended 2-2 to go into penalties.

Masters’ Gerald Nkungula, Juma Yatina, Richard Chande, Dalio converted their penalties while Banda and Nkana missed.

Wild Nkuliwa, Pempho Kansichiri, Kelvin Hanganda, Mustapha Salimu and Chiyesa all converted while Vincent Mphepo’s spot kick was saved.

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CAF shifts Afcon qualifiers http://mwnation.com/caf-shifts-afcon-qualifiers/ http://mwnation.com/caf-shifts-afcon-qualifiers/#comments Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:20:16 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222535 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…

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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 Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick, the teams requested CAF to allow them to use the period between now and June to play international friendlies to prepare for the World Cup.

Following the changes, Malawi will now play Morocco in October and not March, throwing Malawi’s preparations for the match in disarray.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Alfred Gunda said the development changes the association’s plans.

He said: “We had a plan drawn up on the team’s preparations, but after the changes, we obviously have to adjust. Instead of just three months remaining before the match, we now have 10 months. The first thing are the finances. We will, obviously, need more funds for the preparations. Initially, the match was in the current financial year, but now it is in the next one and we did not anticipate that.”

Gunda said they will meet Flames technical committee next week on the way forward.

“We need to discuss what will happen between now and September,” he said.

Malawi will now have to prepare for back-to-back matches between September and November.

The Flames play Morocco (home-and-away), Cameroon (home-and-away) and to Comoros islands.

Analyst Charles Nyirenda said Malawi is now in a tricky situation.

“The World Cup will be played between June and July and the qualifiers come just a month later. This means Morocco will be busy while we would have been idle during this period.

“Our only consolation is that we will play the Cosafa Cup between June and July. But this is not good enough because we will not have a full squad as it has been the case in the past that foreign-based players are not available for this tournament.”

However, Nyirenda said Flames coach Ronny van Geneugden (RVG) now has ample time to prepare for the qualifiers.

He said: “We have seen that our national team is far from being ready to face high-profile teams such as Cameroon and Morocco. RVG should be happy because the change gives him another eight months to prepare.”

Malawi are joint leaders with Cameroon in Group B, with three points each.  Malawi beat third-placed Comoros 1-0 while Cameroon beat fourth-placed Morocco by the same margin.

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RVG in tight spot http://mwnation.com/rvg-tight-spot/ http://mwnation.com/rvg-tight-spot/#comments Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:25:37 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222478 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…

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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.

RVG insists that his rebuilding drive is on track

He recalled veteran Chiukepo Msowoya, Atusaye Nyondo and Robin Ngalande for an international friendly against Lesotho which ended one-all.

There is still pressure for the coach to recall Esau Kanyenda, Fischer Kondowe and Joseph Kamwendo who are in top form as the Flames prepare for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.

But analysts have warned that the coach risks going through the same path that his predecessor Ernest Mtawali went when he was forced to abandon his team rebuilding exercise and included veterans in his squad, only to be fired by Football Association of Malawi (FAM).

Football analyst Charles Nyirenda said RVG is at risk of achieving nothing in his first year due to indecisiveness.

He said: “The pressure is mounting for RVG. He had plans of building a team for the future. But the pressure for results is taking a toll on him. That is why he is succumbing and including players that have been there at the national team but failed to impress—some of them in the twilight of their careers. He needs to be very careful because he risks finishing his first year without pointing at anything tangible that he has achieved.”

Nyirenda urged RVG to continue rebuilding his team from what Mtawali left off rather than going back to old-guards.

Mtawali is credited for having given a chance to up-and-coming players such as Stanley Sanudi, Brighton Munthali, Levison Maganizo, Chawanangwa Kawonga, Schumacher Kuwali, Gerald Phiri Jnr, Dalitso Sailesi, Miracle Gabeya and Isaac Kaliati, who now form the backbone of the national team.

These have gelled with RVG’s own pick such as Chikoti Chirwa, Dennis Chembezi, Gomezgani Chirwa, Jabulani Linje, Peter Cholopi, Ian Chinyama, Righteous Banda and Fletcher Bandawe.

Another analyst, George Chiusiwa felt RVG’s Flames rebuilding was in a shambles.

He said: “It’s very strange that we are talking of a Flames rebuilding exercise which is somehow wanting in terms of strategic technical approach. Today the nation is told the Belgian tactician will bank on the junior national teams to build the senior team and that he doesn’t have much to do with the old-guards in the rebuilding process.

“The next day, you hear he is calling up players who have never been anywhere near the Under-20 or Under-23 teams. The recent recalling of players who were discarded or ignored by this coach and his backroom staff for the Lesotho friendly maybe seen as a sign of desperation on the part of the Flames coach. One may ask: When did the coach realise that players like Robin Ngalande, Atusaye Nyondo and Chiukepo Msowoya are playing well to deserve a national team call-up?”

“Players like Ngalande and Nyondo have been in good form in South Africa even before the Flames left for the Morocco friendlies. In fact, Ngalande was playing well for Masters Security FC back home before he left for the PSL in South Africa and he deserved a place in the team that was undergoing a rebuilding considering his relative young age. This is why one also wonders why the coach claims he is rebuilding [with young blood] while using players like Chiukepo Msowoya.”

However, RVG backed his decision to recall the old-guards, saying it is a short-term solution.

“The emphasis is on building a strong squad for the future, but as I said the door is still open and in the short-term, I will continue to assess the performance of other experienced players. But we are taking one step at a time,” he said.

He added: “I have still maintained 80-90 percent of the team that faced Comoros in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations [Afcon] opening qualifier, so I believe my mission is on track.”

FAM technical and youth subcommittee chairperson James Mwenda also threw his weight behind RVG, saying ‘so far so good’.

RVG has presided over 11 Flames matches, winning two against Comoros in Afcon and a friendly against Togo.

He has lost to Madagascar twice in Championship of African Nations (Chan) and to Tanzania at 2017 Cosafa Cup.

The other matches against Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco Under-23, Tanzania, Angola and Lesotho ended in draws. n

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8 months, no deal for RVG’s assistants http://mwnation.com/8-months-no-deal-rvgs-assistants/ http://mwnation.com/8-months-no-deal-rvgs-assistants/#comments Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:06:12 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222483 With barely four months before the expiry of their one-year deals, Flames assistant coaches Gerald Phiri and DeKlerk Msakakuona are yet to sign government contracts. Phiri and Msakakuona were hired as first and second assistant coaches in April this year to understudy head coach Ronny van Geneugden (RVG). But Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general…

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With barely four months before the expiry of their one-year deals, Flames assistant coaches Gerald Phiri and DeKlerk Msakakuona are yet to sign government contracts.

Phiri and Msakakuona were hired as first and second assistant coaches in April this year to understudy head coach Ronny van Geneugden (RVG).

FAM GS Gunda (L) congratulates Msakakuona (R) as Phiri smiles on

But Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Alfred Gunda and director of sports in the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Jameson Ndalama on Friday said the coaches contracts are being finalised by the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM).

Said Gunda: “We have been following up the issue and we now understand that it is in the hands of the DHR. To that effect, the two gentlemen were called to Capital Hill in Lilongwe last week to provide more personal information.”

Asked how the coaches were being paid in absence of contracts, the FAM GS said: “As we wait for government to finalise the deals, we are paying them monthly up-keeps based on monthly assignments.”

Asked further on the probability of the two coaches being paid in arrears once they put pen to paper, both Gunda and Ndalama were noncommittal.

Said Gunda: “It will be difficult for me to say whether that will be done because that will be purely a government decision and we will be guided by them as an employer.”

On his part, Ndalama said at the time FAM informed them about the decision to hire the two coaches, government was already inside another fiscal year.

“But the matter is now in the hands of the Department of the Human Resource Management who are working on putting them into the system,” he said.

And responding to a question on whether they will be paid in arrears, Ndalama said: “Our understanding is that for the time being, they are being paid by FAM and government will come in after their contracts are finalised.”

Phiri said he cannot comment much as the issue is in the hands of government.

“All I can say is that we are just waiting,” he said.

Phiri and Msakakuona were unveiled on March 29 this year.

It also took some time for immediate past coach Ernest Mtawali and his assistant Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan to be included in the system due to government bureaucracy.  n

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Masters, KB tussle for Fisd Cup final slot http://mwnation.com/masters-kb-tussle-fisd-cup-final-slot/ http://mwnation.com/masters-kb-tussle-fisd-cup-final-slot/#comments Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:48:37 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222480 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…

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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.

KB have shifted focus to the Fisd Cup

They have proved to be the surprise team of the competition after knocking out heavyweights Mafco and Red Lions and former Super League outfit Dedza Young Soccer on the way to the semi-finals.

Masters general secretary Zachariah Nyirenda said they are geared for the showdown as they target their first-ever cup final.

Though a far-fetched dream for the Lilongwe-based side, their determination in the first round and quarter-finals, speaks volumes of their ambitious campaign.

But they face KB at a time when the Super League defending champions have just woken up to the reality that retaining the title is not possible and are now hoping to salvage some pride by winning the cup.

The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) outfit has also been in top form in the competition scoring freely as they knocked out Chikwawa United, Blantyre United and Azam Tigers.

But coach Billy Phambala said they are not underrating Masters.

“After failing to retain the Super League title, our wish is to at least win the Fisd Cup. That would be a consolation for us,” he said.

“We know Masters will not be a push-over. We know they have beaten other Super League teams to make it to the semi-finals. That makes us to be very careful when playing them.”

After Saturday afternoon’ encounter, attention will shift to Nyasa Big Bullets and Moyale Barracks, who wrap up the semi-finals tomorrow at the same venue.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) commercial and marketing director Limbani Matola called on Lilongwe and surrounding areas football fans to come in large numbers to witness the semi-finals battles.

“We applaud the fans for their behaviour throughout the Fisd Challenge Cup. They have been disciplined. We urge them to come in large numbers as the competition enters semi-finals. These are good teams involved and the fans will enjoy,” he said.

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Fisd dresses cup semifinalists  http://mwnation.com/fisd-dresses-cup-semifinalists/ http://mwnation.com/fisd-dresses-cup-semifinalists/#comments Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:27:07 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222500 Fisd Challenge Cup sponsors Fisd Company Limited has given kits to semifinalists Nyasa Big Bullets, Moyale Barracks, Kamuzu Barracks  and Masters Security ahead of the last four matches this weekend. Each of the teams received a set of  shirts, sorts  and socks during a ceremony  held in Lilongwe where the semifinals  will be played. During…

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Fisd Challenge Cup sponsors Fisd Company Limited has given kits to semifinalists Nyasa Big Bullets, Moyale Barracks, Kamuzu Barracks  and Masters Security ahead of the last four matches this weekend.

Each of the teams received a set of  shirts, sorts  and socks during a ceremony  held in Lilongwe where the semifinals  will be played.

During the matches, Masters will face Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday at Civo Stadium where Moyale  will play Bullets  on Sunday.

Moses Chirambo, Fisd executive  director, said the kits are meant to inspire the teams that have managed  to reach the semis of the competition  that attracted over  50 teams.

Football Association  of Malawi  vice president James Kumwenda  thanked the sponsor for filfulling the promise to dress the semifinalists.

The winner of the trophy  will pocket K12 million while runners-up will get K5 million.

Losing semifinalists  will each receive K1 million.

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Mwenda dares Mwando in a title fight http://mwnation.com/mwenda-dares-mwando-title-fight/ http://mwnation.com/mwenda-dares-mwando-title-fight/#comments Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:07:28 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222390 Lilongwe-based boxer Alick Mwenda will face champion Brian Mwando in a title fight on December 3 at M1 Centre Point in the capita city. The fight dubbed as The Best of 2017, has been organised by Gunde Boxing Promotions. Promoter Jack Gunde said the bout will leave a mark in the year. “This is the…

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Lilongwe-based boxer Alick Mwenda will face champion Brian Mwando in a title fight on December 3 at M1 Centre Point in the capita city.

The fight dubbed as The Best of 2017, has been organised by Gunde Boxing Promotions.

Promoter Jack Gunde said the bout will leave a mark in the year.

Mwenda (in blue) has challenged Mwando

“This is the mother of all fights in 2017. We want to give boxing fans a rare treat as they close the year. We have line up several activities to entertain fans before the fights, “ he said.

Mwenda, a Kamuzu Barracks-based Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier, has a record of six wins with one TKO and 14 defeats from 20 fights.

Zimbabwean born Mwando has seven wins (four TKO) and seven losses from 14 fights.

Mchinji-based Charles Misanjo will take on Kudakwache Banda in the main supporting bout.

Alex Virus Ndanga takes on Enerst Chipanda while Moses Mahilasi will face Arcias Mchembe in other curtain-raisers.

There will be stand up comedy to spice up the fight that has attracted K3 000 entry fee and K5 000 VIP. n

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Zim unrest worries Genetrix ahead of Harare tourney http://mwnation.com/zim-unrest-worries-genetrix-ahead-harare-tourney/ http://mwnation.com/zim-unrest-worries-genetrix-ahead-harare-tourney/#comments Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:04:57 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222385 Genetrix Hockey Club say they are monitoring the situation in Zimbabwe ahead of the Southern Africa Club Championships scheduled for December 3 in Harare. The club is scheduled to take part alongside Zambian outfits Lusaka Sharks and Hotspurs following an invitation from Zimbabwe Hockey Association (ZHA). However, after Zimbabwe military seized control of the government…

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Genetrix Hockey Club say they are monitoring the situation in Zimbabwe ahead of the Southern Africa Club Championships scheduled for December 3 in Harare.

The club is scheduled to take part alongside Zambian outfits Lusaka Sharks and Hotspurs following an invitation from Zimbabwe Hockey Association (ZHA).

Genetrix Hockey Club captured after their training session

However, after Zimbabwe military seized control of the government two days ago, placing that country’s leader President Robert Mugabe under house arrest, Genetrix coach Geoffrey Biya yesterday said they are monitoring the situation.

“The imminent tournament is a big opportunity for our players to gain international exposure and help the club sell its brand but the latest political upheaval in Zimbabwe worries us,” he said.

“We are monitoring the situation while continuing with our preparations. However, our morale at training has been negatively affected and we fear we might waste our resources once the unrest persists up to the date of the competition.”

According to ZHA’s invitation letter signed by administration manager Kanyiwe Tafuma, they invited Genetrix to the event, following the club’s good performance in recent local and international competitions.

They finished in the semi-finals of the Zambia Invitationalw Tournament held in Lusaka. n

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Chawanangwa Kawonga switches clubs in MOZ http://mwnation.com/chawanangwa-kawonga-switches-clubs-moz/ http://mwnation.com/chawanangwa-kawonga-switches-clubs-moz/#comments Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:01:51 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222384 Flames striker Chawanangwa Kawonga has signed a three-year deal with Mozambique National League outfit Costa Do Sol, the club confirmed in an interview yesterday. The move was completed on Wednesday following the expiry of his three-year contract with that country’s other club Chibuto FC. Costa Do Sol secretary general Joab Paulo Nhabanga described Kawonga as…

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Flames striker Chawanangwa Kawonga has signed a three-year deal with Mozambique National League outfit Costa Do Sol, the club confirmed in an interview yesterday.

The move was completed on Wednesday following the expiry of his three-year contract with that country’s other club Chibuto FC.

Kawonga (L) shakes hands with Do Sol team manager Artur Faria
after signing the contract

Costa Do Sol secretary general Joab Paulo Nhabanga described Kawonga as “a top class player”.

The club has, meanwhile, promised to secure a deal for Kaonga in Portugal if he impresses.

“If he shows his potential, he will not stay here for three years. He will go to Portugal,” Nhabanga said.

The club also have Malawian striker Richard Mbulu and have just signed Silver Strikers forward Matthews Sibale.

On his part, Kawonga said he is excited to join Costa Do Sol, who finished as runners-up in the just-ended season.

“Do Sol are ambitious as evidenced by their finishing as runners-up last season. This is the reason I didn’t think twice before signing for them,” he said. n

 

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No CECAFA for flames http://mwnation.com/no-cecafa-flames/ http://mwnation.com/no-cecafa-flames/#comments Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:46:21 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222378 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…

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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 held in Ethiopia, they were booted out in the quarter-finals after losing 2-0 to Uganda under then coach Ernest Mtawali.

Malawi and Uganda in action at the last Cecafa Cup

However, FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda said though there was a possibility of participating, the Flames will not do so because it is not ‘necessary’.

He said: “In the past, our purpose of participating in the competition was because we wanted as much international exposure for the Flames as possible. But this time our national team has been active for the past five months. They have played 11 matches on all Fifa dates. I think that is enough.”

Gunda added that the competition was not viable since the Under-20 national football team will also be travelling to Zambia to take part in Cosafa Youth Championship.

He said: “We also have to look at the financial implications. We don’t have to jump at just everything for the sake of it. We need to look into the finances as well. In this case is it not worth sending a team to Cecafa Cup when we also have the Under-20 travelling to Zambia?”

The development is a relief to Super League of Malawi (Sulom), which would have been on the receiving end of the consequences of going to Cecafa while the league is in full swing.

“We were worried because going to Cecafa would have resulted in the calendar being stretched. Our plans of wrapping up the season in December would have been affected.

“Remember, apart from the league we also have the Fisd Challenge Cup which is in full swing.

“We are grateful that FAM has made a sensible decision not to participate in Cecafa Cup just for the sake of it as it has been in the past,” said Sulom general secretary Williams Banda.

Malawi was part of the Cecafa until late 1990s when they joined Cosafa.

Malawi have won the competition three times in 1978, 1979 and 1988.

They won silver in 1975, 1984 and 1989 and bronze in 1977, 1980 and 1985. n

 

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Fisd to dress semi-finalists, dish out K4m http://mwnation.com/fisd-dress-semi-finalists-dish-k4m/ http://mwnation.com/fisd-dress-semi-finalists-dish-k4m/#comments Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:45:23 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222376 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…

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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 clash in the first semi-final at Civo Stadium tomorrow before Nyasa Big Bullets and Moyale wrap up the last four stage on Sunday at the same venue.

FAM acting competitions manager Casper Jangale

FAM acting competitions manager Casper Jangale said they were grateful to the sponsors for the uniforms.

“We are indebted to Fisd for the initiative. It will be nice to watch all teams in new uniforms,” he said.

Fisd marketing and communication manager Wezzie Chiumia said they are fulfilling a pledge they made at the beginning of the competition.

“We have lived by our promise that semi-finalists would get K1 million each and that they would also get new uniforms,” he said.

Meanwhile, the sponsors have also announced that fans will also benefit from the cup through an SMS promotion that will run up to December 20, according to Chiumia.

He said: “Our target is to reach out to people. Clubs and players have benefitted. Now its time for supporters to do the same.

“They can do this by joining the SMS promotion. All they have to do is SMS ‘water’ or ‘madzi’ or ‘irrigation’ to 441 using an Airtel number and they stand to win various irrigation equipment.

“The first prize is a solar water pump worth K1.1 million, the second prize is a genset worth K350 000. The one with most SMSs will win the first prize while the runner-up will get the second prize. We want the supporters to have a souvenir which in future they can show off to have benefitted from Fisd.” n

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Athlete Moyo invited to Mandela Marathon http://mwnation.com/athlete-moyo-invited-mandela-marathon/ http://mwnation.com/athlete-moyo-invited-mandela-marathon/#comments Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:53:25 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222232 Veteran long distance runner Henry Moyo has been invited to participate in Mandela Heroes Marathon on December 16 in Umtata, South Africa. A letter from the organisers, Universal Sports, signed by one of the officials Deward Stern stated that Moyo has been invited because of his pedigree in long distance events. “The invitation is based…

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Veteran long distance runner Henry Moyo has been invited to participate in Mandela Heroes Marathon on December 16 in Umtata, South Africa.

A letter from the organisers, Universal Sports, signed by one of the officials Deward Stern stated that Moyo has been invited because of his pedigree in long distance events.

Moyo won the Mandela Marathon

“The invitation is based on Henry Moyo’s performance in previous championship for scooping position 11 out of 20 000 athletes during Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon [56 km] in Cape Town, South Africa in April, 2017.

“Previous record show that Sub Inspector Moyo has been a flag carrier for Malawi in marathons and ultra marathons,” states the letter in part.

The organisers will provide food, accommodation and local travelling expenses during the championship, but requested participants to shoulder their travel expenses.

Moyo said he is excited with the invitation, saying he will work hard to repeat the 2008 feat when he won the race and got a Nissan Hardbody vehicle as prize.

“I am fit, have good speed and endurance and my aim is to do well and qualify for next year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to be held in Australia,” he said.

“This year’s main prize is a car. I am still strong that I can win the marathon.”

He also applauded his employers Malawi Police Services (MPS) for providing him financial and moral support to participate in international competitions.

MPS sports coordinator Stanley Mwalweni appealed to companies, organisations and well-wishers to support the athlete’s trip.

“I am optimistic that companies will render their support for him to participate in the race,” he said.

The Mandela Heroes Marathon was introduced in 2 000 to honour South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela.

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Gaba plans to raise funds for BAT Ground facelift http://mwnation.com/gaba-plans-raise-funds-bat-ground-facelift/ http://mwnation.com/gaba-plans-raise-funds-bat-ground-facelift/#comments Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:38:17 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222227 The dilapidated state of BAT Ground has drawn the sympathy of South Africa-based Flames striker Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango who has hatched an idea of raising funds for the renovation one of the country’s oldest football venues. The Bidvest Wits player has since called on other stakeholders and well-wishers to join him in the cause. The…

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The dilapidated state of BAT Ground has drawn the sympathy of South Africa-based Flames striker Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango who has hatched an idea of raising funds for the renovation one of the country’s oldest football venues.

The Bidvest Wits player has since called on other stakeholders and well-wishers to join him in the cause.

Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango

The player tweeted on Monday: “Yesterday, I was at BAT football ground. It is not in good state and a lot of people spoke on the same. It got me thinking, would the problem be funding that it is difficult to renovate it? If yes, can we open a fund and raise money so that we can renovate it and make it a better football hub.

“Can we do this for our up-and-coming football generation? I want to follow it up, but can we all join hands and do this.”

Gaba, who honed his skills at the BAT Ground while playing for Southern Region Football League (SRFL) side Brave Warriors, later said was moved by the dilapidated state of the facility after watching a match at the venue.

“I decided to spend my [Sunday] afternoon by watching Bullets Reserves and Mayaka FC match at BAT Ground. So many memories and great football,” he said.

A file photo showing dilapidated stands at BAT Ground

BAT Ground is owned by government through Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS), but it is used by SRFL.

Director of sports in the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Jameson Ndalama welcomed the initiative.

“It’s a welcome development, but we will wait to hear from MNCS who are running the facility,” he said.

SRFL chairperson Raphael Humba also applauded Gaba for the idea.

“We have welcomed his idea. Let him come to us and we can sit down and discuss how to go about it. Right now Sports Council mandated us to use the stadium and, as such, we are the ones he is supposed to approach,” he said.

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Media, fans barred from Queens training http://mwnation.com/media-fans-barred-queens-training/ http://mwnation.com/media-fans-barred-queens-training/#comments Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:30:02 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222214 Malawi Queens coach Mary Waya has barred the media and netball supporters from watching the national netball team training sessions at the Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC). The team started camp training on Sunday in preparation for three international test series against England from November 24 but, since Tuesday, no media personnel or fans have been…

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Malawi Queens coach Mary Waya has barred the media and netball supporters from watching the national netball team training sessions at the Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC).

The team started camp training on Sunday in preparation for three international test series against England from November 24 but, since Tuesday, no media personnel or fans have been allowed to get inside the venue.

No way in: BYC gate locked during Queens training session on Wednesday

This is the first time in years that the media and fans have been denied access to Queens camp training.

When The Nation visited the BYC to cover the training sessions on Tuesday and yesterday, the gates were locked and a security guard said Waya had ordered not to let anybody in except the technical personnel and Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) officials.

To capture action of yesterday’s training session The Nation had to peep through the locked gate and zoom the camera into the BYC court.

Waya did not reply to a questionnaire on why she has opted for closed training sessions and her mobile phone went unanswered.

NAM president Khungekile Matiya and general secretary Carol Bapu were also not available for comment.

Nevertheless, Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) executive secretary George Jana said much as it is allowed for the national team to have a closed training session, it is not on to bar the media from the venue.

Netball analyst Wesley Namasala said: “It is very strange for the media and netball lovers to be barred from Queens training. During Waya’s playing days, people would go and watch her alongside other players. The fact that she [Waya] is not even giving reasons for the sudden change makes it even weird.”

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Sibale goes at K12m http://mwnation.com/sibale-goes-k12m/ http://mwnation.com/sibale-goes-k12m/#comments Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:04:13 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222212 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…

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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.

Sibale(In Blue ) is Super League leading scorer

Both the Maputo-based club and the Airtel Top 8 champions said yesterday.

Silver general secretary Thabo Chakaka-Nyirenda said according the two clubs’ agreement, the player will join the Mozambican side in January.

“They want the player in January, but they wanted the deal sealed now. We have sealed the deal today [Wednesday] and they have paid in full,” he said.

But Chakaka-Nyirenda said the agreement allows Silver to use the player until January.

“There is also an agreement that we can use the player when the Mozambique League is off season, like what Arsenal did with Thierry Henry when the Major Soccer League in the US was on winter break,” said Chakaka-Nyirenda.

Sibale is the current TNM Super League current joint top goal scorer with Blue Eagles’ Mphatso Phillimon.

“We will definitely miss him. But we had to balance between the interest of player and the club. The overriding interest is that of the player. We can’t block him from joining the team if it would improve his welfare,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sibale is expected to replace his compatriot Mbulu who is set to join a Portuguese club.

Mbulu’s manager David Gulaimfa said the player’s move to Portugal was almost through.

“It was part of the agreement that he would move to Europe after playing for Costa do Sol for a season,” he said.

Costa do Sol snatched Mbulu from Mafco after the player won the 2016 TNM Super League and the Presidential Cup Golden Boot awards.

Clube de Desportos da Costa do Sol, commonly known as Costa do Sol, was founded in 1955 and won its first Mozambican league in 1975.

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