League leaders, BE FORWARD Wanderers will on 17 September kick-off their Super League second round campaign with a home match against defending champions, Kamuzu Barracks at the Balaka Stadium in Balaka District.
They are coming from a loss to arch-rival Nyasa Big Bullets in Malawi’s FA Cup sponsored by multinational brewer, Carlsberg.
The Nomads head into this week’s league football as leaders with 35 points, one ahead of Silver Strikers who remain unbeaten.
On 10 September, Silver Strikers failed to ascend to the top of the league table when they drew nil-nil against Blue Eagles in an away Lilongwe city derby played at the Nankhaka Stadium.
In other matches, Premier Bet Wizards were beaten 2-1 by Azam Tigers in a Blantyre city derby played at the Mulanje Park Stadium in Mulanje district.
Misheck Botomani, Bonda Mpinganjira and Luke Chima with the goals there.
It ended MAFCO 3 – 0 Blantyre United. Callisto Kalinda, Emmanuel Chipeta, Joseph Donsa were on target for the Salima based soldiers.
Mzuzu’s Moyale Barracks beat Red Lions 2-1 in an all MDF combat staged at Mzuzu Stadium. Kuda Muyaba, Deus Mkulu scored for the home side while Mphatso Ngwira scored through a penalty for Zomba’s Red Lions.
On Saturday, visitors Dwangwa United beat Blantyre United three nil.
As stated earlier, Wanderers who have a game in hand are on top, they are followed by Silver Strikers who remain unbeaten with 34 points from 16 matches. The strikers are six points ahead of third placed Big Bullets.
Fourth placed Blue Eagles, fifth placed MAFCO and sixth placed Moyale Barracks are tied on 25 points. The three have played 16 matches apiece.
Civil Sporting wrap the top seven with 22 points from 15 matches.
The bottom three has Dwangwa United, Blantyre United and Chitipa United. Dwangwa United sit on fourteenth with 14 points from 16 matches. They are three points ahead of Blantyre United who have played 17 matches. The Blantyre based side is tied on 11 points with anchors Chitipa United who have played 15 matches.
Celebrations are continuing in the Nyasa Big Bullets camp following their winning of the Carlsberg Cup on Saturday.
They beat archrivals Be-Forward Wanderers on Post-match penalties in a final match played at the Bingu National Stadium in the capital city Lilongwe.
Millions of football enthusiasts tuned in on radio and television to watch the much anticipated match between malawi’s football giants.
The first goal came from the Nomads’ Jafali Chande 22 minutes into the game, before Muhammad Sulumba equalised for the Bullets in the 32nd minute.
Isaac Kaliati put the Nomads back in the lead before Nelson Kangunje equalised in the 75th minute from the penalty spot to make it 2-all.
After 90 minutes with both teams head to head, the match had to be decided through penalties where Wanderers’ Chester missed his spot kick.
This left leaving Kangunje with the opportunity to score the winning penalty to hand Bullets the trophy for the third time, matching their rivals who were the defending champions before the defeat.
This was the fourth time the rivals were meeting in the Carlsberg Cup final since its inception in 2000
“I’m happy we managed to lift the cup and this is a clear indication that we are on top of Wanderers this season in terms of derby wins,” a Bullets die hard remarked after the game.
A Nomad fan Isaac Nyirenda simply said,”We are not good at penalties during cup final. Look second cup final defeat in a season and this is painful to us.
The Bullets have taken home K12 Million in prize money and a trophy.
A defender for both Be Forward Wanderers and Malawi National Team (Flames) Lucky Malata has announced his retirement from international football.
Speaking in Mozambique where Wanderers was playing a friendly match against Quelimane City, Malata said he feels he has done his part and that youngsters should be given chance to shine as well.
“For me, the national team is over. I’ve done my part to play for my nation. It hurts but l have to do it because we have young and upcoming players who can also do the same job well. I feel this is their time to shine,” he said.
Malata also thanked the Football Association of Malawi and all the coaches for their faith in him when he was playing for the Flames, more especially when he captained the side.
“I would like to thank the Flames coaches who selected me the time l played for the Flames. I’ve had great pleasure in sharing that honour with all the players I’ve played with.
“I would like to thank them, the fans and my family for their support and encouragement during my international career. Representing and captaining my country is what I dreamed of as a boy and it has truly been a great honour.
“I have always given my all and it breaks my heart to make this decision. I want to wish RVG and the team every success for the future,” said Malata.
Mighty Be Forward Wanderers will leave the country on Saturday for Mozambique, to take part in the 75th anniversary celebrations of Quelimane attaining City Status.
Wanderers will meet a Mozambican side on Monday, August 21, as representatives of the City of Blantyre and the Malawi Government at the event.
The Blantyre City Council identified Wanderers based on the team’s outstanding performance in the TNM Super League.
They are leading the log table with 31 points in 13 games.
After their trip to Mozambique, the Nomads will travel to Mzuzu where they will play Moyale Barracks in the semifinals for the Carlsberg Cup on august 26.
This will be before they date Mzuni FC in the TN Super League the following day at Mzuzu Stadium.
Zomba based soldiers, Red Lions have descended three steps from the top of Malawi’s elite football league log table after losing 2-1 to leaders, BE FORWARD Wanderers, on 8 July.
The battle between the Lions who until 5 July were on top for over a month and the lossless Wanderers was staged at the Balaka stadium in Balaka district.
A Peter Makwale fifth minute strike forced the Wanderers, who were playing at home, to concede the first goal since the 2017 TNM Super League kicked off in May.
However, the Nomads, who have three games in hand, maintained their 100 percent winning record and found their way to the top through Yamikani Chester’s 28th minute goal and a 55th penalty scored by Joseph Kamwendo.
With two matches in hand, Nomads head into week 11 of this year’s league football with 19 points, three ahead of Moyale Barracks who have played nine matches.
The Mzuzu based Malawi Defence Force (MDF) side was on 9 July held to an away one-all draw against seventh placed Azam Tigers. Dan Kumwenda was on target for the home side while Deus Nkutu scored for the visitors.
Blue Eagles have moved to third thanks to their three-nil triumph over rookies and anchors, Chitipa United, who have four points.
John Malidadi’s brace and Maxwell Salambula’s strike were enough to increase the policemen’s tarry to 16 points, one ahead of fellow security force, Red Lions, who have a game in hand.
Despite their one-nil win over reigning champions, Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday, eight-time record holders, Nyasa Big Bullets are tied with the Lions on points. Nevertheless, they are a step behind because they have scored one goal less than Lions’ six.
Premier Bet Wizards’ two-one loss to Moyale Barracks on 9 July has left them tied on points with the Bullets who have scored five goals, three more than the Wizards.
An interesting scenario is on positions eight to 13 as each of the six teams is tied on points with their closest opponent. In simpler terms, the goal difference method is what is determining positions in that rage.
Ironically, the same was slightly the case in the preceding fixture which was played in the previous week.
Tied on 11 points are Silver Strikers, Kamuzu Barracks, Civil Sporting and MAFCO. The four are on positions eight, nine, ten and eleven in that order.
The Strikers were on 9 July beaten one-nil by rookies, Masters Security in a home Lilongwe city derby whose goal came from Vincent Nyangulu.
The shocking victory places the Masters on 13th and tied on nine points with Mzuni who are on position 12.
In another unexpected result, defending champions Kamuzu Barracks were defeated two-one by returnees Blantyre United who are battling relegation on position 15.
Ibrahim Juma and Rafiq Juma were on target for the home side while Kelvin Hanganda’s strike could not pull Kamuzu Barracks away from embarrassment.
United who have played ten matches have collected seven points, three more than anchors, Chitipa United.