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.
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The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is calling on the officiating personnel in Saturday’s Carlsberg Cup final to be professional by observing all the rules of the game. Demand
The two teams meeting in the final are Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets and the match will be played at the Bingu National Stadium in the capital city Lilongwe where the winning team will walk away with MK15 million.
The Association’s Transfer Matching System Manager Casper Jangale said he was hopeful that the match will be violence free.
He is also calling on football fans to respect the decisions of the referees during the game.
Fans and administrators have been raising concerns over poor officiating in most matches and some referees have been disciplined on the same.
FAM has also announced that it will not sell tickets for the game on the actual day to ensure that there is smooth entry into the stadium.
Apart from that, this will also ensure that no fake tickets are sold on the day of the match.
It is anticipated that gates will be opened at nine in the morning.
Carlsberg Cup holders Be Forward Wanderers on Wednesday pipped Mafco FC 1-0 to take wing to the quarter-finals of the Carlsberg Cup.
Defender Bongani Kaipa scored the priceless header in the eighth minute when he headed home a Joseph Kamwendo corner kick.
Mafco had their moments too, but their efforts were thwarted by the Nomads rearguard marshaled by Lucky Malata and Foster Namwela.
The Nomads were dealt a body blow later in the game when Kamwendo was shown the red card by referee Aziz Nyirenda following a foul on Maurice Chiumia.
Nomads coach Yasin ‘Titch’ Osman described the match as tough while his Mafco counterpart Temwa Msuku blamed his troops for not ultilising their first half dominance.
Wanderers have joined Nyasa Big Bullets, Blue Eagles, Moyale Barracks, Red Lions and Kasungu Police in the last eight.
The last two quarter-final qualifying matches are on this weekend when second-tier Masters Security Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) League side Michiru Madrid Madrid take on Super League rookies Chitipa Uniyed on Friday at Chilomoni Stadium where the quarter-draw will be held.
Another flagship league side Blantyre United will be away to another SRFA league outfit Cobbe Barracks at Balaka Stadium on Sunday.
Matches Played: 61
Goals scored: 182
Biggest victory: Nchalo United 6 Mighty Ivory 0 (Southern Region)
Michiru Madrid 6 Jali Rangers 0 (Southern Region)
Most goals in a game: 6 – Nchalo United 6 Mighty Ivory 0 (Southern Region)
Michiru Madrid 6 Jali Rangers 0 (Southern Region)
Kasungu Police 4 Airborne 2 (Central Region)
Blue Eagles 6 Ekwendeni 0 (Round of 32)
The National Women Football Committee (NWFC) has announced that all is set for the Presidential Women’s Cup finals this weekend.
NWFC chairperson Severia Chalira, who is also Football Association of Malawi (FAM) executive committee member, said the finals will take place Luwinga Sports Complex in Mzuzu.
“Everything is in place and we are looking forward to exciting national finals.
“We are just appealing to the fans from Mzuzu and other areas to come and witness this grand event,” she said.
At stake is the K1 million winner’s prize.
The runners-up will get K500 000 while the losing semi-finalists will each get K250 000.
“We also have a K20 000 prize for the top scorer,” said Chalira.
The North, by virtue of being the hosts, will be represented by two teams and these are the region’s champions Moyale Sisters and Rumphi Young Shooters.
Blantyre Zero, who are also the defending champions, will represent the South while Skippers will represent the Centre.
According to the draw Moyale will face Rumphi in the first semifinal while the second semifinal will see Skippers lining up against defending champions Blantyre Zero.
Carlsberg Cup holders Be Forward Wanderers on Wednesday face Mafco FC in a potentially tight quarter-final qualifying match in Balaka.
The Nomads, who survived a scare from Mzuzu-based second-tier league side Fish Eagles two weeks ago, are itching for a third successive Carlsberg Cup glory.
Their coach Yasin Osman said his charges are ready for the battle.
“This is going to be a tricky fixture for us but we are well-prepared for the fight.
“We respect every team we meet in cup games and we have left no stone unturned to claim victory this Wednesday,” said Osman.
He also confirmed the availability of forwards Peter Wadabwa, Amos Bello and Ishmail Thindwa who were nursing injuries. He also has enough armoury in the likes of Joseph Kamwendo, Yamikani Chester, Precious Msosa, and Khumbo Ng’mbi.
On the other hand, his Mafco counterpart Temwa Msuku said although many consider Wanderers as favourites in this encounter due to their recent vain of form, the Salima-based soldiers are not under pressure.
“We accept that Wanderers are one of the well-assembled teams in the competition and their status as the defending champions gives them an advantage. Nevertheless, such statistics are just on paper; we will work hard in the field of play,” he said.
He added that he will have a full squad except for midfielder Gift Soko and defender Yohane Malunga. Soko is ill while Malunga will not be eligible after received two yellow cards in previous matches.
The last time the two teams met was in June during a Super League match and the Nomads won 3-0.