Mafco Fc, Red Lions, Blue Eagles and Mighty Be Forward Wanderers have started their 2016/2017 Tnm Super League campaign on a high note as they have managed to collect possible 3 points in the just ended weekend.
Every person’s attention was at Kamuzu Stadium where the launch of the league took place. Nyasa Big Bullets who are the defending champions were hosting Moyale Barracks. In the first 45 minutes, Bullets failed to capitalise few mistakes which Moyale defenders made. On the other side, Moyale Barracks did not play as a team. Muhammad Sulumba and Mussa Manyenje were not as creative as the strikers are to be so as Deus Nkutu of Moyale Baracks. At break time, the teams were held a goalless draw. Come second half, both teams had flesh ideas and launched notable few counter attacks but goalkeepers of both teams did a recommendable job by not allowing the ball go past them. In the third quarter of played time, Bullets fans chanted with joy as they were awarded a penalty after Mussa Manjenye was brought down in the danger zone. Juma Chikwenga, Moyale goalie did a recommendable job by saving Muhammad Sulumba’s penalty and the latter’s rebound, 0 – 0 it ended
Chikondi Maloya, a Mafco Fc player registered his name in the Sulom records as the first player to net a first goal of the season. In a match played at Chitowe Stadium on Saturday, the Salima based soldiers outclassed Mzuni fc with a single goal to nil to claim their first 3 points of the season.
Elsewhere, there were series of goals at Civo Stadium on Saturday where Kamuzu Barracks hosted Civo Service United. Francisco Kamdzeka and Davie Banda capitalised the mistakes which were made by Civo defenders and were leading by 2 goals to nil after about 60 minutes of played time. Just from nowhere, the Milias Jegwe Pofera boys did not allow to disappoint their new coach. They worked as a team up until Gerald Mkungura pulled one back. Just as everyone thought that the Lilongwe based soldiers have collected maximum points, former Dedza Young Soccer player Fletcher Bandawe pulled in a trigger at stoppage time so that the teams should share a single point each, 2 – 2 it ended.
On Sunday, there was an entertaining match at Silver Stadium between Silver Strikers and Mighty Be Forward Wanderers. The youthful Bankers exchanged creative passes and launched counter attacks which brought tense at the Nomads defence. Mark Fodya, Mathews Sibale, Levison Maganizo and Wonderful German exchanged creative passes which mostly were intercepted by Foster Namwera at the Nomads’ defence. At 18 minutes in the first half, the youthful Silver Strikers found a goal through Duncan Nyoni who scored a Lucky Malata’s free kick with a free header in the Sixteen-yard box. The goal awakened the Nomads team which started dominating until their Captain Francis Mlimbika levelled 7 minutes later. At half time, the teams were tied on 1 all draw. Come second half, the Nomads were much improved than the hosts who despite making earlier substitutions never came back into the game. Former Silver strikers striker who was introduced as a substitute did not hesitate but to shoot a first time connection on target from a creative pass which was created by Nigerian Amos Bello to make it 1 – 2 in favour of the visitors.
Dwangwa united started their campaign with a poor run as they were defeated at home 0 – 1 by Blue Eagles. The area 30 based men found their only goal through former Wanderers’striker Victor Nyirenda.
Another dramatic match was at Kamuzu Stadium where rookies Max Bullets battled it out with Azam Tigers. Tigers came twice from behind to claim a point. The rookies were first to score through Mayeso Mphanje but the Kau Kau boys levelled through Bright Munthali. At half time, the game was at 1 – 1. In the second half, both teams seemed to play aimlessly but surprisingly, Wongani Zulu of Max Bullets capitalised the mistake made by Tigers defence to put the rookies ahead once more. Eliya Munthali later came to the rescue of the Kau Kau boys to claim a vital single point of the match.
EPAC fc failed to claim a point at Balaka stadium as they failed to equalise a first half goal which was scored by Boniface Kaulesi and the match ended 1 – 0 in favour of the Zomba based soldiers.
Week one has produced a total of 14 goals in 7 matches, this means that an average of 2 goals has been scored in every match in the opening week of the Tnm premier league.
All those results in week 1
Sunday, 17th April, 2016.
1. Red Lions (Boniface Kaulesi)1 – 0 EPAC
- Dwangwa United 0 – 1 Blue Eagles (Victor Nyirenda)
- Azam Tigers (Bright Munthali, Elia Munthali) 2 – 2 Max Bullets (Mayeso Mphanje, Wongani Zulu)
- Silver Strikers (Duncan Nyoni) 1 – 2 BE FORWARD Wanderers (Peter Wadabwa, Francis Mulimbika)
Saturday, 16th April, 2016.
5. MAFCO (ChikondiMaloya) 1 – 0 Mzuni
6. Kamuzu Barracks (Francisco Kamdzeka, Davie Banda) 2 – 2 Civo United (Gerald Mkungula, Fletcher Bandawe)
7. Nyasa Big Bullets 0 – 0 Moyale Barracks