Bingu Stadium operates at a loss

Contrary to government officials, including President Peter Mutharika assurance that Bingu National Stadium (BNS) would be generating enough revenue, the facility is struggling to make ends meet. Built with a $70 million (about K50 billion) loan from China, payable in 20 years, the stadium is failing to attract potential top-flight league teams because of high…

Phiri Jnr steals show at Cosafa

Malawi capped a sterling performance at Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) tournament with midfielder Gerald Phiri Jnr named Player of the Tournament during the prize presentation yesterday. Phiri Jnr, who bagged three goals, was a joint-top scorer with compatriot Gabadinho Mhango and Mauritian Ashley Nazira. The Flames also won the fairplay award and…

Flames gear up for Cosafa

Malawi national football team starts the Cosafa Cup campaign today against Seychelles in the opening Group B game at King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban with interim coach Meke Mwase hoping for victory. Mwase came into the spotlight after a near-perfect Confederation of African Football (CAF) Under-20 campaign and later with the Under-23 in the Olympic…

Meke drops Chiukepo

Malawi national football team coach Meke Mwase has dropped veteran striker Chiukepo Msowoya in  the 34-man provisional squad released to start camping today at Mpira Village for Cosafa Cup. The Bullets striker was dropped with Khuda Muyaba and Gastin Simkonda—his striking partners for the e-Swatini (formerly Swaziland) Africa Cup of Nations Championship (Chan) games in…

Nalicy Chirwa wins silver in SA road race

South Africa-based Malawian athlete Nalicy Chirwa won silver in a 25-kilometre (km) road race in Durban, South Africa. Chirwa, who joined Durban’s Orcas Academy Athletics Club, clocked 1:23 hours (hrs)  and she received R10 000 (about K500 000). Champion Janet Mbhele finished in 1:19 hrs while third-placed Zethu Mkhize clocked 1:40 hrs and they received…

Cosafa touts referee  Kwimbira’s prowess

Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) has patted itself on the back for developing world class match officials. In a statement titled Cosafa legacy of excellence in match officiating, Cosafa  cited a number of match officials in the region, including Malawi women’s football Fifa assistant referee Bernadettar Kwimbira-Mzika for their outstanding performance at continental…

RVG donates uniform to Chichiri Prison

Former Malawi national football coach Ronny van Geneugden (RVG) has donated a set of uniform to Southern Region Football Association Premier League outfit Chichiri Prison FC. The donation was made through former Flames assistant team manager Aubrey Nankhuni on Tuesday. Nankhuni said the donation was part of the consignment that the Belgian coach left. “The…

Athletes break camp

Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) has called off an 18-athlete camp training in Lilongwe which was part of preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to lack of funding. The camp, which was the first phase, was expected to run up to July to polish local athletes to make the grade at the prestigious event…

NPL’s Kabango, Jali clinch awards

Nation Publications Limited’s (NPL) Bobby Kabango and Pledge Jali have clinched the best photo-journalist and best print journalist awards in the coverage of the 2018 Fisd Challenge Cup and Simso Northern Region Football League, respectively. For his feat, Kabango received K100 000 and a miniature. “It’s always good to be recognised for good work, but…

Ngwira reclaims women’s football top seat

Central Region Women’s Football League (CRWFL) chairperson Suzgo Ngwira was yesterday elected National Women’s Football Association (NWFA) president after beating her predecessor Severia Chalira 15-3 during elections held in Mangochi. Ngwira has reclaimed the seat eight years after losing it to Chalira in 2012 and served as committee member by the virtue of being CRWFL…

Joyce Mvula roars in Thunder’s win

England-based netball player Joyce Mvula inspired Manchester Thunder to a 76-46 win over Celtic Dragons on Sunday.      According to the club’s website, www.manchesterthunder.co.uk, the Malawian shooter was outstanding as the team maintained their top spot in the Vitality Superleague.  “Thunder got off to a flying start as they managed to rack up an impressive 20…

Ngwira  challenges Chalira for women’s football top seat

Central Region Women’s Football League (CRWFL) chairperson Suzgo Ngwira has declared interest to challenge incumbent Severia Chalira for the National Women Football Association (NWFA) presidency during elections this Saturday in Mangochi. Ngwira, who previously served as president between 2007 and 2011, has been nominated by Northern Region Women’s Football League and its Central Region counterpart…

Sulom introduces foreign players’ quota

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has introduced players’ foreign quota for TNM Super League clubs. The top-flight league runners general secretary (GS) Williams Banda said the maximum number of foreign players that a team can register is five and a maximum of three will be allowed to feature in a match. He also said foreign…

Exit RVG, enter meke

 Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has decided not to renew national team coach Ronney van Geneugdeb (RVG)’s contract barely six days after the expiry of his two-year contract. The decision was made yesterday during the association’s executive committee meeting held in Salima, ending the Belgian’s hopes of having another tenure with the Flames. The decision…

Mhen hopes for improved immunisation in Likoma

Malawi Health Equity Network (Mhen) has expressed optimism that the mother care group model introduced in Likoma will be a success in immunisation of mothers and babies against polio, tuberculosis, measles and other diseases. Speaking during the introduction and election of mother care group at Yofu in group village head Mpima in the island district,…

Chaos in athletics camp

Barely a week after Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) called 21 athletes into camp at OlymAfrica Sports Development Centre in Lilongwe, some athletes have complained of poor conditions. The situation has forced three of the country’s top athletes Kefasi Kasiteni, Mphatso Nandolo and Grevazio Mpani to leave the camp after AAM’s failure to address their…

Nomads pay Namiwawa K3 million for Madinga

Be Forward Wanderers have paid K3 million to Namiwawa FC to tie down striker Francisco Madinga to Lali Lubani Road. Madinga was on two-year loan from Namiwawa alongside Precious Sambani, who was signed by Wanderers rivals Nyasa Big Bullets in January as a free agent in a controversial move. Wanderers chairperson Gift Mkandawire said in…

Supporters to cheer Under-23 in Lusaka

Mpira M’mudzi Mwathu, a non-governmental organisation formed by National Youth Football Association chairperson  Chimango Munthali, has organised a trip to Zambia to cheer the Malawi Under-23 national team when it faces the hosts in Under-23 Afcon qualifier on March 24.  The first leg will be played on March 20 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. Munthali…