Presidential Cycling contestants challenged

The Cycling Federation of Malawi (CFM) has challenged contestants in the 2019 edition of Presidential Initiative on Sports (PIS) race to cross the finishing line within standard time or risk receiving reduced prizes. CFM vice-president Jonathan Tengani yesterday said the eventual winner of the elite category in the race set for August 4 in Lilongwe…

Bullets, Nomads seek govt funding

Privately-owned football clubs Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers have asked for direct budgetary support from Treasury. Bullets, owned by Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC), want government to fund their 2019 CAF Champions League participation. The Nomads,  who are  sponsored by Japanese car dealers Be Forward Limited, on the other hand feel, government should help…

Exide donates golf shirts to Poly Darts team

Exide Express on Thursday boosted Poly darts team’s morale with golf shirts valued at K380 000 ahead of the Presidential Initiative on Sports (PIS) Darts Championship at Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe this weekend. The team’s captain Eliah Chisambiro, who was accompanied by team manager Harry Msiska and senior player Leonard Gondwe, said they are motivated…

Queens hope for World Cup good start

Malawi Queens coach Griffin ‘Zagalo’ Saenda believes his charges are strong enough to beat New Zealand’s Silver Ferns this morning as they start their 2019 Netball World Cup campaign in Liverpool, England. The Queens have an uphill task to regain a top-six ranking after dropping three steps to ninth on the latest International Netball Federation…

Sponsorship woes

Shock was the prevalent emotion for the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and clubs after  Castel Malawi announced the withdrawal of Carlsberg Cup sponsorship.  Castel yesterday announced the cancellation of the annual sponsorship citing “financial constraints the company is facing” as the reasons.  The company’s senior brands manager (alcoholics) Widdey Nsona confirmed yesterday of the…

Mvula passes late fitness test

Malawi netball export Joyce Mvula has passed a late fitness test a day before Malawi Queens start their 2019 Netball World Cup campaign against fourth-ranked New Zealand’s Silver Ferns tomorrow in Liverpool, England. The availability of the award-winning shooter is a big boost for the Queens’ revival at the global showpiece, where they are tasked…

Nomads overwhelm Masters

Be Forward Wanderers yesterday turned on a vintage display at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre to thump Masters Security FC 6-1 to record their fifth-straight win in the TNM Super League. However, the resounding victory was not enough to take them to the summit of the 16-team log-table as they remained second  and tied on 22…

Queens lose again

Malawi Queens’ revival mission on the International Netball Federation (INF) World Rankings suffered a blow on Saturday when they lost 47-52 to lower-ranked Wales during a Quad Series match. Wales are ranked 12th in the world, three steps behind the ninth-placed Queens, but they came from six baskets down in the first quarter to beat…

Nyasulu replaces Meke as TN Stars head coach

Former Flames goalkeeper Phillip Nyasulu has replaced Meke Mwase as head coach of Kasungu-based TNM Super League outfit TN Stars. Stars director of communications and operations Wisdom Chimgwede confirmed the news yesterday, saying the elevation of Nyasulu from assistant coach follows the recent appointment of Mwase as Flames head coach. “Nyasulu is part of the…

Queens lose to England in test match

The Malawi Queens on Wednesday began their warm up matches ahead of next week’s 2019 Netball World Cup with a 44-57 loss to the hosts, England. The match, played at Manchester Arena, featured Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda, Grace Mwafulirwa, Thandie Galeta-Saenda, Bridget Kumwenda, Jane Chimaliro and Sindie Simtowe Msowoya. The result comes a few days after the…

Bashir to return to Zimbabwe  for camp

Malawi’s top female boxer Anisha Bashir will return to Zimbabwe for an extra weeklong camp before her mandatory World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver title bout against defending champion Chantelle Cameron in London, England on July 20. The Commonwealth Lightweight champion recently returned home from Zimbabwe, where she was having intensive training at her trainer Clyde…

Poor service chokes Financial sector

Customers are being subjected to poor services, particularly in the financial sector and a trend analysis based on Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) reports show that the situation has deteorioated over the past four years. The RBM Financial Institutions Supervision reports from 2014 to 2018 show that poor customer service has continued to dominate the…

Poor support sinks queens

Malawi national netball team, the Queens, have lost automatic qualification for major tournaments after plunging to ninth position on the latest International Netball Federation (INF) world rankings. The forthcoming 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England is the last for Malawi Queens to have automatic qualification. The Queens have also kissed goodbye the Fast5…

Talent scout initiative flops

Ministry of Sports, Youth and Culture’s ambitious nationwide football and netball talent identification programme has failed to roll out since its launch in April because government is yet to release K200 million funding. The project, aimed at identifying talent in rural areas through offices of football director Kinnah Phiri, and netball director Mary Waya, was…

Three Wanderers players earmarked for Europe deals

Be Forward Wanderers hitman Babatunde Adepoju alongside midfielders Francis Mkonda and Francisco Madinga have been earmarked for deals with European clubs through the Nomads’ partnership with a global marketing firm Professional Soccer Management (PSM). During the formalisation of the partnership in Blantyre on Monday, PSM chief executive officer Emmanuel Emenogu said he has been impressed…

Diamonds, Tigresses in Rainbow Netball good start

Champions Kukoma Diamonds and runners-up Tigresses on Sunday had excellent launches of their 2019 Rainbow Paints Blantyre and Districts Netball League (BDNL) season with victories over Prison Sisters and Tropical Queens, respectively. Diamonds recorded a 72-15 triumph over the Zomba-based outfit at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) while Tigresses sweated for their 35-30 win over Tropical…

Wanderers clarify on coaches’ roles

Be Forward Wanderers FC has clarified that while Bob Mpinganjira is the head coach, his assistant Oscar Kaunda will be responsible to the main team’s player selection. During a press briefing in Blantyre yesterday, the club’s chairperson Gift Mkandawire said Bob is the overall technical panel head for the main, reserve and youth teams and…

Mbulu relishing Baroka move

Flames striker Richard Mbulu is looking forward to playing in the South African Absa Premiership next season after signing for Baroka FC last week. The former Costal Do Sol (Mozambique) striker signed a three-year contract with the Limpopo-based side and cannot wait to compete in one of the biggest leagues in Africa. Speaking to KickOff.com…