This is busy weekend of appetising football here at home and abroad. The Blantyre derby between Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers returns to its traditional home, Kamuzu Stadium this afternoon. Bullets have a psychological advantage over their rivals because they won the first-round encounter 2-1 and are at the summit of the TNM…

(Finance Minister Gado Gandall has applied to the People’s Tribunal, asking the court to accept that government files for bankruptcy. Judge Mbadwa has asked Gandall to present skeletal arguments before he makes his determination) Gandall: My Lord, due to the economic challenges this government is facing, it is our intention, under the dynamic leadership of…

  With 45 African players in the English Premier League (EPL), Africa is slowly taking over influence in European leagues at the moment. Of the 20 EPL clubs, only three teams do not have African players. Ironically, two of the three are Manchester United and Arsenal which is a great disappointment to their huge fan…

Congratulations to Eliah Kananji on winning the Carlsberg Cup for the second-year running albeit with a different team, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers. This is a guy who was unceremoniously booted out of the Bullets camp for allegedly not possessing the up-market personality of the coach, really? Kananji has proved he is a master tactician of…

(There is hullaballoo in the courtroom before Judge Mbadwa enters to make his ruling in a case in which an opposition party is questioning government for withdrawing an opposition mayor’s entitlement without justification. Opposition members are chanting: Wapalamula chitedze Mvula Pamunda iwe chidzakuyabwa! Chidzakuyabwa) Court Clerk: Silence! This is not a campaign ground! It is…

A cup final between rivals Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers is always a feisty match one cannot bear to miss despite the fact that the quality of football has lost its salt. I must, however, say I am disappointed with the organising committee for failing to sell tickets before the match. Pre-match ticket sales…

Jose Mourinho’s two weeks in hell during which he collected a single point out of six, after drawing against Swansea (2-2) and losing to Manchester City (0-3), have prompted the signing of Spanish international Pedro Rodriguez from Catalan giants Barcelona. The question is whether Pedro is the answer to Chelsea’s problems at the moment. My…

(There is commotion in the courtroom as Judge Mbadwa enters in semi-darkness due to power outage)   Court Clerk: All rise! His Lordship Mbadwa’s court is now in session!   Judge Mbadwa: Why the commotion? Did I say that I will fail to read my judgement on Escom because of the corporation’s failure to supply…

The Queens with all that spellbinding display of netball, ask Jamaica if I am lying, are indeed an embodiment of a skilled team that works socks off to put Malawi on the world map, yet are continuously rebuffed by authorities who are supposed to financially support them. What if the millions of kwacha wrongly spent…

Local teams can do better than this

Some news from camps of self-confessed big teams in the country this week left me bemused on the direction most of our teams are taking. Take, for instance, an interview a Mighty Be Forward Wanderers official gave to a local radio on the prospects of the Nomads winning the TNM Super League. Here was the…

  Raheem Sterling’s protracted transfer from Liverpool to Manchester City is being touted as the biggest this summer. At $49 million, Sterling effectively becomes the most expensive English player. Speculation about his move started in the January transfer window and it affected the player’s performance through the remainder of the season. The question is: Is…

Court clerk whispers to his Lordship Justice Mbadwa that the residents of the Big City want their matter to be heard in camera because they claim they have a case against the city’s mayor, and they are afraid because as a populist, the mayor travels with a bunch of hand-clappers most of whom appear intimidating.…

  Every ardent soccer fan revels in derbies because they are competitive and feisty. If it is not the players cracking up in adrenalin overburn then it is the supporters dressed up in their crazy outfits, cheering  their team in shrill-rooftop voices while hauling profanities at the opposition. It is all part of the game.…