High expectations

Sports associations have expressed high expectations from the newly appointed Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Francis Phiso, pressing him to lobby for increased annual grants, improve infrastructure and lure more companies to support their industry. The Blantyre North legislator is in the 24-member new Cabinet President Peter Mutharika appointed on Wednesday. He replaces Grace…

Silver in second Airtel final

Ghanaian forward Michael Tetteh’s priceless goal on Sunday was enough to propel Silver Strikers to the finals of the Airtel Top 8 after seeing off Masters Security’s spirited display at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe. The Bankers will face Karonga United who beat Mzuni FC in another semi-final contest 5-4 on post-match penalties on Saturday. It…

Walter changes tune

Says he will soon decide on whether to seek re-election Yet again. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu says he will make his position known in the next few months on whether he will seek re-election during December polls, effectively drifting from his earlier stand that he would quit. Nyamilandu, who has been…

FAM offers Mwase chance to apply for Flames job

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says it will offer Flames interim coach Meke Mwase a chance to apply for the national team head coach vacancy. FAM president Walter Nyamilandu confirmed the development, saying the association wants to give Mwase a chance to vie for the position. “Yes his application will definitely be considered. I have…

Madonna  keeps FAM  waiting on academy project

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) claims that American pop star Madonna has been ignoring its advances on her pledged soccer academy project, hyped as a catalyst for football development. During her visit to Malawi in July last year, the pop diva said she would like to fulfil the dream of her Malawian adopted son David…

Dutch coach eyes Flames job

Experienced Dutch coach Pieter De Jongh, who holds a Uefa Pro Licence, has applied for the post of Malawi national football team coach barely two days after Football Association of Malawi (FAM) advertised the vacancy. In an interview, the 48-year-old coach said he aims to improve football from grassroots, a philosophy adopted from his country.…

Mixed fortunes for sports in tripartite elections

  Former Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Sameer Suleman, Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) official Daud Chikwanje and Nyasa Big Bullets director Noel Lipipa  won parliamentary seats during the May 21 Tripartite Elections, according to unofficial results. Former Be Forward Wanderers general secretary Chipi Mpinganjira has also been elected member of Parliament for Blantyre City…

Silver reject duo’s overseas bids

  Silver Strikers have turned down offers from South American clubs for forwards Michael Teteh and Duncan Nyoni because they did not match their transfer fee evaluation. The clubs are Paraguay’s top league outfit Sol de America who are interested in Ghanaian Tetteh and an undisclosed Barbados side which has its eyes on Nyoni. Barbados…

Sulom surrenders to KB bombardment

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) yesterday gave in to Kamuzu Barracks’ (KB) insistence to postpone their match against Mzuni FC which was slated for Civo Stadium in Lilongwe. Though Sulom officials were coy to confirm the postponement, both clubs told The Nation they had been informed about the decision. Sulom had in the past two…

Malawi athletes miss World  Taekwondo Championship

  Two Malawian athletes have failed to travel to Manchester, United Kingdom to compete at the World Taekwondo Championship after failing to secure visas. They are Vester Banda and Joseph Phiri Junior. National team coach Lovemore Masinga also failed to secure the travel documents for the tournament that started yesterday and will run until May…

Nomads tumble out of Airtel Top 8

  Midfielder Duncan Nyoni’s 40-th minute strike sealed Silver Strikers’ qualification into the semi-finals of the Airtel Top 8 and virtually ended Be Forward Wanderers’ revival hopes yesterday at a packed Silver Stadium in Lilongwe. The Central Bankers have qualified on a 2-0 aggregate, having won the first leg by a similar margin in Blantyre…

Council given K2 billion budget limit

Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development has asked the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) to frame its 2019/20 Budget within K2 billion. The ceiling is K200 million less than what the council was initially given when the ministry was planning for the current national budget expiring on June 30. Confirming the development in…

Title contenders seek recovery path

 Nyasa Big Bullets, Silver Strikers and Blue Eagles will be seeking to put their TNM Super League title ambitions back on track when they return to action this afternoon.. Bullets, who were held one-all by Mighty Tigers, face rookies Ntopwa FC at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre while Silver host Kamuzu Barracks (KB) at Silver Stadium…

England FA,  FAM to renew  football vows

 England is seeking to mend footballing relations with Malawi years after the European nation cut off its wide-ranging material and practical assistance to her former colony, Weekend Nation has learnt. Confirming the pending deal, the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) director of competitions and communication Gomezgani Zakazaka said that the English Football Association (FA), through…

KB take slender lead in Airtel Top 8

Kamuzu Barracks (KB) took control of their Airtel Top 8 quarter-final tie after coming from behind to claim a 2-1 victory over Masters Security in the first leg at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on Sunday. Masters led on the half hour mark after referee Godfrey Nkhakananga awarded them a penalty following Nation Halazi’s handball in…

FAM Affiliates prepare for Walter’s exit

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) affiliates have begun preparing for life without long-serving president Walter Nyamilandu by proposing and screening names of his potential successor, Weekend Nation understands. Nyamilandu, who has led the association for the past 15 years, announced he will not seek a fourth term when his mandate expires this coming December although…

Clubs risk FAM ban over online registration

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has given  clubs two weeks to register their players online or risk being barred from playing TNM Super League or cup games. According to data sourced from Mpira Connect, an online platform where clubs tabulate their players and officials, Civil Sporting Club, Blue Eagles, Dwangwa United, Karonga United, TN Stars,…

Hellings gets Fifa life ban over match-fixing

Federation of International Football Associations (Fifa) has banned for life former Flames midfielder Hellings Mwakasungula from taking part in any football activities for being found guilty of match manipulation. The Silver Strikers team manager is among nine individuals from various countries banned “with effect from yesterday,” according to a statement Fifa dated April 24 2019.…