Blantyre’s BE Forward Wanderers on 16 July extended their lead to four points in the TNM Super League following their 1-0 victory over 11th placed Masters Security away at the Dedza Stadium in Dedza district.
This despite their 2-0 shocking defeat to tenth placed Civo Sporting Club on Saturday at the Civo stadium in Lilongwe. Civo handed the Wanderers their first defeat since the league kicked off in May their by cutting short the leader’s clean sheet.
The Nomads who have four games in hand are ahead of their Blantyre city rivals Premier Bet Wizards who have 18 points from 11 matches.
The Wizards are tied on points with third placed Moyale Barracks who have a game in hand.
Lilongwe based policemen Blue Eagles are fourth with 17 points from 11 matches. The Eagles are two points ahead of their fellow security force, Red Lions who have a game in hand.
The Zomba based Malawi Defence Force (MDF) side is tied on points with eight-time record holders Nyasa Big Bullets and fellow military outfit, MAFCO.
Azam Tigers, Silver Strikers and Civil Sporting Club are on positions eight, nine and ten, in that order. The Tigers and Civil have played ten games apiece whereas the Strikers have two matches in hand.
Mzuzu based university students, MZUNI are 11th with 12 points, a point ahead of defending champions, Kamuzu Barracks. Both sides have each played nine games.
Rookies, Masters Security are two points behind Kamuzu Barracks. Behind Masters are Dwangwa United (DU) and Blantyre United (BU) who are tied on eight points. With two games in hand, DU are ahead of BU on fourteenth because they have conceded a goal less than BU’s eight who have played 12 matches.
Debutants, Chitipa United continue to anchor the 16 member elite league for a fifth week running with four points from ten matches.
2017 TNM Super League Week 11 Results
Day 23: Saturday, 15 July
Silver Strikers 2 [Victor Limbani, Mathews Sibale] - Nyasa Big Bullets 1 [Chiukepo Msowoya]
Masters Security 0 – BE FORWARD Wanderers [Precious Msosa]
Moyale Barracks 1- Blantyre United 1
MAFCO 1 [Gift Soko] - Premier Bet Wizards 0
Day 24: Sunday, 16 July
MZUNI 3-1 Blantyre United
Civil Sporting Club 2 – BF Wanderers 0
Dwangwa United 1 – Wizards 2
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.
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.
BE FORWARD Wanderers Silver Strikers are set to play catch up in midweek football of the 2017 TNM Super League, Malawi’s top flight, which has entered week 10.
The Wanderers and Strikers have played five matches apiece since the 2017 season of the Super League kicked off on 6 May.
Both teams are attempting to be at par with the number of matches played by the rest of the 14 sides in the elite league.
This is because the football clubs were involved in a month-long run to win the maiden edition of the Airtel Top 8 which saw and both sides facing off in the final match won by Strikers on 3 June.
On Malawi’s Independence Day, BE FORWARD Wanderers will be involved in a Blantyre city derby when they face Blantyre United at the MDC stadium.
The Wanderers head into 6 July’s match on a clean sheet. They currently sit on position three with 13 points while their opponents of the day are battling relegation as they sit a step from the bottom with four points from eight matches
The Nomads will play their seventh league match on 9 July when they’ll aim to gun down leaders, Red Lions in a tough encounter to be played at MDC stadium. Officially sponsored by the Malawi Defence Force (MDF), the Lions of Zomba are on position one with 15 points from eight matches.
Silver Strikers will on 7July which happens to be match-day 19, play the second mid-week league match in this year’s Super League when they face city rivals, Blue Eagles. This Lilongwe derby will be staged at the Civo stadium in Lilongwe.
Sitting on position 10 with nine points, the Strikers will be playing at home against the Eagles who have salvaged 12 points from eight matches. Eagles are on position seven.
After Thursday’s match the Bankers will return to Civo Stadium where they will be involved in another derby on match day 21 when they will host rookies Masters Security on 9 July. Masters are two steps away from the relegation with eight points from eight matches.
In other matches to be played on 8 July, which happens to be match day 20, eight-time record holders Nyasa Bullets who currently sit on position sixth will host defending champions Kamuzu Barracks at MDC Stadium.
The Bullets have 12 points from eight matches while the defending champions are holding the eighth spot with 11 points from seven matches.
On the same day, Premier Bet Wizards will look horns with Moyale Barracks at the Mulanje Park stadium in Mulanje district.
Second placed, Wizards go into this home match having collected 15 points from eight matches. On the other hand Moyale are two points and two steps behind their opponents of the day. The soldiers have played seven matches.
With a game in hand the Mzuzu based MDF side, will play Azam Tigers away on match day 21 at the Kalulu stadium in Nchalo-Chikwawa district.
Both teams are tied on points but the Tigers, who have played nine matches, are on top because they have scored four more goals against Moyale’s one.
Civil sporting who are a step away from the relegation zone will host debutants Chitipa United at Civo Stadium.
Sporting are 13 with eight points from eight matches while United are at the bottom with four points from a similar number of matches.
Having travelled from Chitipa district, United will on the next day face Blue Eagles at the Nankhaka stadium in Lilongwe.
The race for the coveted MK15 million in Malawi’s elite football league is now tight as each of the 16 teams is tied up on points with their closest rival.
Red Lions on 2 July moved back to the top spot after Premier Bet Wizards’ day-long stint as leaders.
The two sides, who have played eight matches a piece, are tied at 15 points but the Lions seven goals places them on top against Wizards’ four.
BE FORWARD Wanderers, Azam Tigers and Moyale Barracks are on positions three, four and five, in that order.
The three teams have thirteen points each. With four games in hand the Wanderers are on position three thanks to their six goals that separate them from Tigers, their Blantyre rivals, who have scored five goals in nine matches.
The Tigers have scored four more goals than Moyale Barracks who have played seven matches.
Nyasa Big Bullets and Blue Eagles are tied at 12 points. The bullets, who double as eight-time record holders, are sixth a step ahead of the Eagles, thanks to their four goals.
Defending champions Kamuzu Barracks and their fellow MDF side, MAFCO are tied on 11 points.
Lilongwe based soldiers, Kamuzu Barracks who have a game in hand are on top of ninth placed MAFCO due to a goal difference. Salima MDF outfit, MAFCO has played eight matches.
Silver Strikers and MZUNI are tied at nine points. The Strikers who have played five matches sit on position ten thanks to their four goals. Mzuzu based university students, MZUNI have played eight matches.
Rookies Masters Security, Civil Sporting and Debutants Dwangwa United are on positions 12, 13, and 14 in that order.
Lilongwe based sides, Masters and Sporting have played eight matches a piece against United’s nine.
Masters are on top of thirteenth placed Sporting because they have conceded a goal less than Sporting’s four.
14th placed United are behind Sporting due to the fact that they have conceded two goals.
Tied on four points are returnees, Blantyre United and new entrants, Chitipa United. Both team have played eight matches apiece.
BU are a step away from the bottom all because they have conceded five goals against Chitipa’s ten.