Nov 20, 2017 Last Updated 2:48 PM, Nov 20, 2017

Soccer fans and commentators believe that the Flames Coach Ronny Van Geneugden needs more time to turn around the fortunes of the team.

They are optimistic that the results of the team will improve soon.

This is despite only two wins from eleven games that the team has played since the Belgian took over in April this year.

The Belgian coach came with a promise of bringing in a new philosophy that would change the national team’s performance as well as results.

But seven months down the line, the team has played eleven games both friendly and competitive ones.

However, the team has only won two games and lost three with the remaining six as draws.

The latest game was played at on Saturday at the Bingu National Stadium where the Flames came from behind to force the game into a one all draw against Lesotho.

Considering that the team will in March next year be continuing the 2019 AFCON qualifying campaign Soccer Analyst Charles Nyirenda is optimistic that the coach will be able to deliver looking at how consistent he has been in previous games.

“I do have hope that if the coach and the team is maintained they will definitely deliver,” said Nyirenda.

Concurring with Nyirenda football fans too believe RVG needs more time as they have noticed a difference in how they play since the Belgian expartriate took over early this year.

The coach himself is also aware of the next assignments and is hopeful that they will do well.

He told Capital FM that they will focus more on their weaknesses and hopefully build the team up from there pointing out that the right time for the team to work on the striking force if the team is to give good results.

From the eleven games that the team has played, only five goals have been scored.

Nyasa Big Bullets have managed to maintain their posititon on the log table after scoring the most goals at the weekend.

A total of seven goals were scored in the topflight Super league on Sunday.

Nyasa Big Bullets were the biggest scorers, thrashing defending Champions Kamuzu Barracks by three goals to nil.

Chiukepo Msowoya claimed a brace with the other goal coming from defender Emmanuel Zoya.

The win means that the Bullets maintain third position on the log table with 38 points from 19 games.

They are a point behind Silver Strikers who could only afford a one-all draw away to Dwangwa United.

It means the bankers have drawn three of the four games they have played in the second round. They are now five points behind leaders Be Forward Wanderers having played a game more.

In other matches, Mzuni FC beat city rivals Moyale Barracks by a goal to nil while Wizards poor form continued having lost 1-nil to visiting MAFCO.   

Wanderers Focus on League

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.

 

Carlsberg Cup 2017: FAM Orders Officiating Personnel To Be Professionalism

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.

TOURNAMENT STATS

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)

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