Peter Banda set to join Nyasa Big Bullets

After snubbing advances from TNM Super League big teams, Under-23 and Griffin Young Stars striker Peter Banda is set to join Nyasa Big Bullets. Banda, through his manager-cum uncle Griffin Saenda Jnr, has for the past two years snubbed offers from local football heavyweights, the big three, Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers, saying…

5 foreign based players in for Morocco game

Five foreign-based players arrived in the country yesterday ahead of Friday’s dead-rubber 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Malawi’s Flames Morocco’s Atlas Lions on Friday. The five are South Africa-based Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango and Gerald Phiri, Binwell Katinji based in e-Swathini (formerly Swaziland and Mozambique-based duo John ‘CJ’ Banda and Stain Dave. Mhango, Phiri…

BB axe two more players

TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets have released three more players—midfielder Kondwani ‘Scholes’ Kumwenda and striker Collen Nkhulambe—ahead of the 2019 season. The Peaople’s team says it will also loan out four players—goalkeeper Richard Chimbamba, defender Maneno Nyoni,  midfielder Talekeleni ‘Anzeru’ Joseph and forward Dave Banda who are not on coach Callisto Pasuwa’s plans…

Door closed on old guard

Flames coach Ronny van Geneugden (RVG) says the exclusion of some key players from the squad to face Morocco’s Atlas Lions in a dead rubber 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier is by design. The Flames will host Morocco on March 22 at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe and RVG has called up a…

Bullets to host awards gala

TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets will host an awards gala on March 29 at Comesa Hall in Blantyre to reward last season’s outstanding players. The People’s Team senior business development manager Kelvin Moyo yesterday said the awards will include Player of the Season, Best Defender, Best Midfielder, Top Goal Scorer, Most Improved Player…

University withdraws Mzuni FC funding

This is it. Mzuzu University (Mzuni) says it will no longer fund Mzuni Football Club’s participation in competitive football with immediate effect, a development which puts the team’s future into jeopardy. In a memo from the office of the university registrar dated March 8 2019, addressed to Mzuzu University Student Representative Council (Musrec), all students…

Mozambique club courts Silver

Mozambican top-flight Mocambola League champions UB Songo have approached Silver Strikers for back-to-back pre-season international friendlies. The Central Bankers general secretary Lawrence Yobe yesterday said Songo have proposed to come for two international friendly matches this weekend before inviting Silver to Mozambique next weekend. “They want us to play them on Saturday and they have…

New women’s team  coach wary of time

New national women’s football team coach Abel Mkandawire has admitted that they face a race against time to prepare for the 2020 Olympic qualifier against Mozambique slated for April 4. Mkandawire, who has replaced Maggie Chombo-Sidik who now holds the technical adviser’s role, says under the circumstances, they need to concentrate on essential aspects. “Time…

25-year ban harsh, extreme

When I heard about the ruling I was shocked because I do not think the punishment reflects the crime I am purported to have committed. But I will not appeal because I do not think it will change anything. I have accepted it and life goes on. If anything, I will just be playing social…

BB, Moyale pass test

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says Nyasa Big Bullets and Moyale Barracks are the only teams that have made the grade to play in the TNM Super League in the forthcoming season under the club licensing system (CLS). The local football governing body regulates clubs through the Fifa designed CLS which promotes commercialisation of club…

Reshuffle at Nomads

Be Forward Wanderers has unveiled plans to hire a new coach, a development that will lead to incumbent Bob Mpinganjira being relegated to an assistant coach. Nomads chairperson Gift Mkandawire also says the club will scrape off the technical director’s position currently occupied by seasoned tactician Yasin ‘Titch’ Osman. “The move was already agreed by…

RVG rates his two- year tenure highly

With barely three weeks before the expiry of his two-year contract, Flames coach Ronny van Geneugden (RVG) says his romance with the national football team has been a “big success”. The curtain to the Belgian tactician’s contract—which has seen him register two wins, eight losses and 10 draws—will be brought down on April 1. Summarising…

Tabitha leading scorer in Chinese Cup

Malawi women football export Tabitha Chawinga is leading the scorers chart in the Chinese National Women’s Championship tournament with 11 goals. The prolific forward yesterday netted a brace when her team Jingsu Suning beat fellow top-flight league side Guangdong 3-1 to finish the first stage of the tournament at the top. Tabitha’s side led 2-0…

Kambale wins Blantyre closed

Gabriel Kambale turned on a creative display to win the Blantyre Sports Club (BSC) Closed Championship on Sunday. The three-day tournament teed off on Friday and attracted a field of 63. Playing off handicap (h/c) five, Kambale registered 146 gross.  Chimwemwe Chimwaza was the runner-up with a gross of 163 while Gift Chidya Gondwe (h/c9)…

Super League kick-off pushed to April 14

The 2019 TNM Super League kick-off date has been pushed to April 14 following consultations between league-runners Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and the sponsors TNM plc. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Sulom had agreed during a 2019 football calendar meeting held last month to roll out the top-flight league during the first weekend…

Netballer won’t appeal 25-year ban

Karonga Queens captain Abigail Mwafulirwa says she has no intention to appeal her 25-year ban imposed by the Netball Association of Malawi (NAM). The goal defender was found guilty of leading a skirmish which led to the assault of an umpire, Lot Chiumia, during a Presidential Cup regional finals match against Mzuzu Queens last year.…

Nomads launch SPA Noma bottled water

As part of their ambitious commercialisation drive, Be Forward Wanderers have launched SPA Noma bottled water which has already hit the market. The product was launched alongside other merchandise such as branded umbrellas and berets during their Nyasa Top Four Bonanza match against Mozambican side Ferroviario de Nampula at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday.…

Testing new missiles

This afternoon’s Blantyre derby—which features age-old rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers—offers the two outfits’ new signings a timely platform to showcase their talents and prove their worth ahead of the 2019 season. The two giants clash in the Nyasa Big 4 Bonanza at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre and both teams yesterday played…