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.
The football fraternity in Malawi is eagerly waiting for the country’s football association (FAM) to discipline Nyasa Big Bullets following unsporting acts by the club’s supporters on 9 September.
Benson Haji, 43, Gauti Phiri, 32, Gift Nazombe, 29, Godfrey Kumwembe and MacDonald Suwali were arrested by the Malawi Police Service after Bullets’ match against Be Forward Wanderers in the capital, Lilongwe.
The five men will appear before the court of law for malicious damage and unlawful wounding offences.
The incident took place outside the northern gate of the Bingu National Stadium as Wanderers' Bus was exiting the sports arena after the team's loss to Big Bullets in the Carlsberg Cup final.
Apparently, as they were exiting BNS, the Wanderers found Bullets supporters chanting mocking songs and banging the bus.
In anger, Wanderers’ players apprehended one Big Bullets fan and dragged him into their bus. Chaos flared as other Bullets’ supporters charged by showering the bus with stones. Five people from Wanderers side were injured and six side glasses of the motor vehicle were damaged.
Ironically, Wanderers won the vehicle after beating their Blantyre city sworn rivals Big Bullets in the Luso TV Bus Ipite Bonanza.
The alleged Bullets supporters attacked Wanderers players despite their team winning the 2017 Carlsberg Cup 5-3 on post penalties match.
Bullets came from behind twice to force the game to go straight into penalties after settling for a 2-all in regulation time.
Wanderers were on the verge of retaining the trophy when Jaffalie Chande scored on 20th minute before Bullets’ Muhammad Sulumba grabbed an equalizer a few minutes later. Isaac Kaliati scored Wanderers' second goal four minutes into the second half. Bullets were awarded a penalty after Rafiq Namwera handled the ball in the penalty box. Nelson Kangunje scored that penalty.
In the penalty-shoot-out, Yamikani Chester's spot kick misfired giving Bullets an advantage in the process. Bullets scored all their spot kicks through Chiukepo Msowoya, Kangunje, Mussa Manyenje, Henry Kabichi and Pilirani Zonda. While Wanderers scored through Namwera, Chande and Precious Sambani. Just like I mentioned earlier Chester missed Wanderer's fourth penalty.
Bullets’ win gave Elia Kananji his fourth Carlsberg trophy, the country’s FA Cup, making him the only coach to win the tournament four successive seasons with two teams that happen to be based in the same city, Blantyre.
Kananji first won the cup in 2014 as coach of Big Bullets. A year later, he achieved the same feat with Wanderers before the Lali Lubani boys defended the trophy in 2016. This season, Wanderers failed to defend the cup making them joint two-time record holders with Bullets.
During post match interviews Bullets’ manager James Chilapondwa thanked heavens for the win while his counterpart Steve Madeira said Wanderers will now focus on winning the Super League.
Bullets won a prize money of MK12 million while their rivals have been given a consolation cash prize of MK5 million.
The match grossed over MK54 million with both sides sharing MK10.5 million each.
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.
Moyale Barracks have failed to maintain the second position in the TNM Super League after being held to a 1-1 draw by fellow soldiers Red Lions on Sunday in Balaka.
The Mzuzu-based soldiers are third with 22 points from 12 games, just a point short of second-placed Silver Strikers, who however, have a game in hand.
Boniface Kaulesi put Lions ahead in the 10th minute, but the lead was cancelled by Moyale’s Deus Nkutu in the 55th minute.
Silver thumped Dwangwa United 3-0 on Saturday to move from second to third.
The toast of the Bankers was Victor ‘Vibre’ Limbani who claimed a hat-trick.
In other games played on Sunday, table anchors Chitipa United lost 1-2 to Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC while Civil Sporting Club thumped Dwangwa 6-1.
On Saturday, Azam Tigers edged PremierBet Wizards 1-0 while rookies Masters Security stunned champions Kamuzu Barracks 3-2.
The Blantyre Derby between Be Forward Wanderers and NMC Big Bullets which was set for BNS in Lilongwe on Sunday was cancelled following the death of Wanderers chairman George Chamangwana.
Silver Strikers on Sunday beat Nyasa Big Bullets 2-1 at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
Victor ‘Vibre’ Limbani opened the scoresheet for the Bankers against his former team in the eighth minute before Mathews Sibale added the second in the second half.
However, Bullets fought on and reduced the arrears late into the game through Chiukepo Msowoya.
Following the win, Silver are eighth with 14 points from eight games while Bullets are sixth with 15 points from 10 matches.
Be Forward Wanderers recovered from their first loss of the season against Civil Sporting Club on Saturday to beat rookies Masters Security 1-0 on Sunday at Dedza Stadium.
Precious Msosa scored for the Nomads who now have 22 points from nine matches.
Second-placed PremierBet Wizards failed to bag maximum points in Dwangwa Nkhotakota after going down 1-0 to Mafco FC on Sunday.
They beat Dwangwa United 2-1 on Saturday and they now have 18 points from 10 matches.
Moyale Barracks and Blantyre United played out a 1-all draw at Mzuzu Stadium.
Ibrahim Sadiki scored first for United in the 23rd minute but it was cancelled by Lesman Singini with two minutes to full time.