The delayed edition of the 2012 Peter Mutharika Southern Region Football League (SRFL) season took off on Saturday with Premier Division rookies sending a strong message that they are not pushovers.
The rookiesâ€™ defiant performances were largely responsible for four draws in five games played across the region.
Thondwe United held hosts Liwonde Medicals 1-1, Chikhwawa United and Machinga ADD played out a barren draw. Another newcomer, White Bullets, held experienced campaigners Prison United 2-2.
The only dent on the rookies was by Polytechnic FC, who found Evirom FC too much to bear, losing 3-1.
Former Civo United and Flames midfielder Derrick Somanje, Joe Khomani and Gerald Gutsu were among Eviromâ€™s scorers at Escom ground.
In an old capital affair, Zomba United started life in the second tier league with a 1-1 draw against Zomba Airwing.
Airwing were promoted from Division One.
Later on Sunday afternoon, Polytechnic had the chance to right the wrongs as they hosted Mwanza Eagles.