Five-day protests threaten international match

The anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations organised by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), targeting the shutdown of airports and borders from August 26 to 30, have not spared the football fraternity. There is uncertainty on whether Kenya, who are expected to play Malawi women’s national football team in Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers…

Sulom, regions want increased FAM funding

Four months before Football Association Malawi (FAM) elections, the association’s most influential affiliates—Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and regional associations—want the mother body to increase their annual subvention. The regions (North, South and Centre) and Sulom have taken a swipe at the mother body, accusing it of failing to adequately fund them, a development which…

Malawi misses inaugural women Under-17 Cosafa

Malawi will not participate in the inaugural Cosafa Under-17 Women’s Youth Championship set for next month in South Africa. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Alfred Gunda confirmed that the association had decided not to participate in the competition. “We need to build a team. If you see our women’s game, you will see…

Council halts u-17 duplication

FAM Under-17 national team and Malawi School Sports Association’s (Massa) team of the same age group have merged to form one team that will participate at Federation of East African Secondary Schools Sports Associations (Feassa) tournament. The tournament will be held in Arusha, Tanzania from August 17 to 24. Initially, Football Association of Malawi’s (FAM)…

Inside Bangwe rare factory

The weaving factory is unlocking skills of persons with disability, our News Analyst JOY NDOVI writes. Using his fingers with dexterity, Jeffrey James manoeuvres through the handloom weaving machine with a smile hovering on his face. For those who have no idea about weaving, the maze of threads is meaningless to them until the 52-year-old…

Govt yet to issue Cosafa hosting guarantee

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is yet to get a guarantee from government for the hosting the 2019 Under-17 Cosafa Championship set for next month in Blantyre despite regulations stating that this should be done at least three months before the event. Article 2 of the Cosafa tournaments hosting regulations states that the organising association…

BB, Masters launch CAF campaigns

The hour is finally here. Malawi flag-carriers in 2019 Confederation of African Football (CAF) club competitions launch their campaigns as they face unfamiliar foes in the preliminary round first legs that promise fireworks. Nyasa Big Bullets host Zimbabwe’s FC Platinum at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre while Masters Security are playing away to Plorine of Uganda…

FC Platinum jet in with strong squad

Zimbabwe’s FC Platinum jetted into the country yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League preliminary round first leg against Nyasa Big Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions chartered a plane, but were told it cannot land at Chileka Airport because of rehabilitation of the runway. In an interview yesterday,…

Zampira award delights Madinga

Orlando Pirates-bound Be Forward Wanderers attacking midfielder Francisco Madinga has become the second Nomads player to be voted Zampira Pokopoko Promotion supporters’ Player of the Month after clinching the July award. He amassed 1 613 votes followed by Nyasa Big Bullets’ Peter Banda with 1 133. Banda missed the award for the second time after…

Bullets stun bankers

Nyasa Big Bullets yesterday proved they are still in contention for the TNM Super League championship after a convincing 3-1 victory over Silver Strikers in a tightly contested encounter at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. Though missing some key players due to injuries, the defending champions were able to control the tempo of the game as…

Sulom denies barring ex-co from FAM polls

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) says its executive committee members are free to contest in forthcoming Football Association of Malawi (FAM) elections set for December. The clarification comes after it was revealed that the executive committee was against the idea of some of its members vying for positions at the mother-body’s polls. The Sulom executive’s…

Khuda dares Babatunde on golden boot

Silver Strikers snappy forward Khuda Muyaba has dared Be Forward Wanderers red-hot striker Babatunde Adepoju, warning him that his days as TNM Super League leading scorer are numbered. But the Nigerian import has welcomed Muyaba’s challenge, saying he is ready to fight for the Golden Boot Award. Babatunde leads the scorers chart with 10 goals…

Ready for kick off

Malawi national women’s football team is confident that they can launch their campaign at the Cosafa Women’s Championship with a victory over islanders Madagascar this afternoon at Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Though the team will be without four key players, including China-based captain Tabitha Chawinga, her Sweden-based sister Temwa, vice-captain Madyina Ngulube…

Flames draw Zebras in 2022 World Cup

Flames coach Meke Mwase says Malawi’s opponents in the 2022 Qatar World Cup preliminary round qualifiers, Botswana’s Zebras should be respected, but not feared. Mwase’s sentiments follow a draw conducted yesterday in Cairo, Egypt, which saw the Flames paired against the fellow Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) member. But the coach described the…

Zimbabwe banned  from 2020 Cosafa Cup

Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) has suspended Zimbabwe from the 2020 Cosafa Cup for failing to comply with a deadline to commit to hosting the tournament. Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has also been slapped with a $200 000 (about K150 million) fine for the same offence. Cosafa deputy chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda,…

Women’s football team off to Cosafa

The Malawi national women’s football team leaves this morning for Cosafa Women Championship at Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa. Coach Abel Mkandawire announced his final 20-player squad yesterday which is without captain Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga, who have club commitments in China and Sweden, respectively. “I can say we are now ready for Cosafa…

Derby blues for nomads

Be Forward Wanderers creditors on Saturday scrambled for the Nomads’ gate revenue share from the Blantyre derby against rivals Nyasa Big Bullets played at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. The two clubs got K7 828 913. 08 each from the K36 million total collection and the arrangement was that they would be paid through the bank…

Mwase rolls up sleeves

Flames coach Meke Mwase   has embarked on a drive to assess players in preparation for Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) and World Cup qualifiers which kick off in November. The Flames will begin their Afcon Group B qualifiers with back-to-back matches between November 11 and 19. Malawi hosts the preliminary round winner between South Sudan…

Nomads act on K124m fraud

Be Forward Wanderers Chairperson Gift Mkandawire has assured the team’s supporters that all is well at the club despite a report that exposed financial mess at the Blantyre-based TNM Super League outfit. An investigation instituted by the club exposed abuse of funds from an airtime dealership contract with TNM Plc in which the club has…

Africa ready to take over netball?

For the first time ever, half of the countries that battled for the top eight positions at this year’s Netball World Cup were amazingly African. South Africa, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe made it to the top eight battle at the expense of other teams. To cap it all, South Africa’s Proteas became the first African team…