FAM gives Bullets seven-day ultimatum

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has given Nyasa Big Bullets seven days from last Friday to appeal against a ban not to take part in the next edition of the Airtel Top 8 competition. FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda and Bullets chief executive officer Fleetwood Haiya confirmed the latest development yesterday, saying the ultimatum comes…

Indoor court wait continues

When former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika promised that government would construct a state-of-the-art indoor netball court to save the Malawi Queens, who are the country’s pride on the international stage, from the embarrassment of having the “free-to-air” Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) as their home, the song was so sweet. Then, Mutharika had to…

Minister tells off NAM

Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Grace Chiumia on Saturday took a swipe at Netball Association of Malawi (NAM), telling the local netball governing body to end politics of mistreating players or quit. The minister made the statement at the Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) during prize presentation of the Presidential Netball Championship after…

Mibawa TV secures Bullets rights

Mibawa Television (TV) Station has secured broadcasting rights to beam live Nyasa Big Bullets home matches in the 2019 season following a one-year partnership the two entities signed in Blantyre on Wednesday. The development means other TV stations will be tapping and buying feeds of Bullets’ home action from Mibawa. The partnership agreement also stipulates…

FAM halts K40m soccer bonanza

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has told organisers of the proposed Player Anone Bonanza, expected to involve 2018 TNM Super League’s 16 teams in April, to stop preparations until proper procedures are followed.  FAM commercial and marketing director Limbani Matola confirmed the development yesterday after organisers of the bonanza advertised on social media, that the…

Presidential Women’s Football Cup finals set for weekend

The Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) has called on authorities to be vigilant when prioritising individual investments from pledges made last year. The call follows an announcement by the Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (Mitc) that it has $1.4 billion (about K1.1 trillion) investment pledges from 105 companies that have been issued with investment certificates…

Minnows give Queens headache

The just-ended year was bad for the Malawi Queens with minnows orchestrating much pain to the world’s sixth-ranked netball team. Uganda, who have tremendously improved and moved six places up on the world rankings to seventh, were the major contributors of this pain that is slowly but surely piling more pressure on the Malawi national…

A look at minority sports exploits

In 2018, Malawi’s minority sports disciplines did their best to achieve something extraordinary in their respective fields although some failed to make successful attempts. Chess was one of the outstanding disciplines as Chiletso Chipanga defied all odds to win Africa Amateur Chess Championship in Zambia in March and become the country’s first chess player to…

Nyasa Bullets Reserves thrash Nsanama 19-0

Striker Hassan Kajoke was on the prowl on Wednesday scoring eight goals as Nyasa Big Bullets Reserves thrashed Nsanama FC 19-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. His contribution has not only helped Bullets Reserves move two places up to second position in the 22-team Chitetezo Mbaula Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) Premier League but also…

Ntopwa Queens win case, crowned 2018 champions

Ntopwa Queens have been officially crowned Southern Region Women Football Association (SRWFA) League champions after National Women Football Association (NWFA) disciplinary committee found no match-fixing proof in their recent 43-0 triumph over Chikwawa FC. Chikwawa, through their coach Arnold Mwatha, appealed to the NWFA early December against SRFA’s disciplinary committee ruling that the result stood…

South football body probes match-fixing

Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) has set up a committee to investigate match-fixing allegations in the Chitetezo Mbaula SRFA Premier League. SRFA chairperson Raphael Humba told The Nation yesterday that with the battle for ultimate glory getting hotter in the second-tier league, they have received complaints and claims that some of the current title contenders…

Ngwira secures another English deal

Malawi Queens and Tigresses lofty all-rounder Laureen Ngwira has secured a deal with another English top-flight netball league club London Pulse after parting ways with the now-defunct outfit Team Northumbria. Ngwira is in the 13-player squad that the side has announced ahead of the 2019 Vitality Netball Super League, which is their inaugural season in…

Referees’ body to train new referees

The National Referees Association (NRA) plans to train more new referees next year to reduce shortage of referees in the country. NRA general secretary Chris Kalichero confirmed in an interview on Wednesday in Lilongwe. “That is our priority to train more young referees so that we can have a pool. We will engage FAM and…

Players’ association awards gala shifted

Football Players Association (FPA) has shifted the inaugural players’ awards gala to early next year due to logistical grounds. FPA general secretary Ernest Mangani announced a few months ago that the ceremony would take place this month, but he said yesterday they have opted to do it later to have ample time for preparations, especially…

Bullets donate K2m items to Qech Children’s Ward

TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets yesterday donated assorted items valued at K2 million to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Qech’s) Children’s Ward as part of celebrating their success. Speaking during the presentation of the items yesterday, the team’s chief executive officer Fleetwood Haiya said they decided to celebrate this festive season with their fans…