BB, Nomads differ on tight fixtures

TNM Super League title contenders Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers  have differed on the tight fixtures in the countdown to the end of the league.

Some teams in the top-flight league have been allocated three games within a week as Sulom plans to meet its projected calendar.

Bullets and Wanderers in action

While the two teams agree that the situation is affecting the condition of the players, Bullets have said they are not worried with the situation.

The People’s Team chief administration officer Albert Chigoga said: “Of course, there is an issue of fatigue on the part of the players as they need ample time to rest, but we are not making a fuss of Sulom’s arrangement.

“We have no qualms. Not because we are winning games, but rather we understand the reasons behind the situation.

“First, this has come about because of the Fisd Challenge Cup’s kick off delay and also national team engagements which saw some teams, especially us and ‘neba’ [Be Forward Wanderers], contributing a number of players.

“So, under the circumstances, we have no problems, but we expect Sulom and other stakeholders to have a better plan in future.”

However, Wanderers chairperson Gift Mkandawire said they are not amused with the status quo.

“The situation is hitting us hard. Players are human beings and not hoes.

“Financially we complained to Sulom that midweek games attract very low patronage,” he said.

Asked if they took up their concerns with Sulom, Mkandawire’s quickfire response was: “Oh yes we did, but we got the usual ‘we will look into it’ response.”

After taking on Dwangwa United last Sunday in Dwangwa, the Nomads travelled to Lilongwe for a mid-week game against Masters Security and then proceeded to their base in Blantyre where they will host Karonga United tomorrow. On Wednesday they face Mighty Tigers.

Similarly, Bullets took on Blue Eagles last Sunday and then hosted Kamuzu Barracks on Wednesday before travelling to Lilongwe where they will face Silver Strikers tomorrow and Civil Sporting Club on Wednesday.

The People’s Team, who are the reigning champions, lead the 16-team league with 58 points from 26 matches while the Nomads are a point behind on second position from the same number of games.

However, Sulom general secretary Williams Banda recently defended the arrangement, saying they want to avoid missing the season’s closing date.

“You need to appreciate that the league was delayed due to a number of reasons; that is why we need to have midweek fixtures,” he said.

Banda’s response was coming after after Blue Eagles had complained about the tight fixtures and their request to have them revised was thrown out by Sulom.

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