By Maicon Lobodo Mnelemba

How time flies! After having a two-week breather, soccer loving Malawians are in for another ride of joys and sorrows that come with TNM Super league matches.

Having gone to bed on the 18th of August 2019 after a four-month sojourn, Mighty Be forward Wanderers is toppling the table with 33 points, with Dwangwa United anchoring the table with 8 points from 15 matches played apiece.

 Frankly speaking, the first round of the elite TNM Super League was nothing but a marvel.

So many talking points along the way.

The Area 30 outfit Blue Eagles was the first team in recent history to collect maximum points against the traditional top three teams on the land, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers, Nyasa Big Bullets, and Silver Strikers.

What more? The first round also saw the revival of the sleeping giant, Kamuzu Barracks FC, which finished the round with only a single defeat under its belt. What was more intriguing was the fact that the Malawi Defense Force side went on a seven match unbeaten streak despite losing ten key members of the squad to other national duties. Along that run, the soldiers saw off giants, Nyasa Big Bullets, and city neighbours, Silver Strikers to finish second in the round.

On a rather sad note, Master’s Security FC has had a round to forget as its backroom miseries are reflecting badly on the pitch as well.  Players were more than once reported to boycotting training in protest over unpaid allowances. On one instance, the players also boycotted a match against Mzuni FC resulting in the awarding of three points, and two goals to the visitors, and also a hefty punishment from Super League of Malawi.

The misery for Master’s Security has now turned to worse as it has lost both of its coaches; Head Coach, Abbas Makawa has headed to Area 47 to be with Silver Strikers FC, whilst deputy, Eliyah Kananji has just thrown in his towel.

Meanwhile it’s the battle for supremacy for the five top giants Wanderers,  Bullets, Silver, Kamuzu Barracks and of course Blue Eagles whereas Civil Sporting Club, TN Stars and Mighty Tigers have slim chances of challenging the title as they are not consistent enough to fight for honours but they are likely to finish in the top eight and escape relegation.

At the bottom, it’s going to be business as usual as bottom placed Dwangwa United, Mlatho Mponela, Master’s, Ntopwa United, and Chitipa United will need to fight tooth and nail to avoid the chopping board.

Just a glimpse of what the first round bored; after a total 240 matches, 67 goals went past the men between the sticks with Mighty Beforward Wanderer’s export, Babatunde Adeboyo leading the scorers chart with 13 goals, followed by Fletcher Bandawe of Civil Sporting Club and Khuda Muyaba of Silver Strikers (respectively). Both have 8 goals apiece.

Now, as the TNM Soccer showpiece turns for the last chapter this weekend, we expect nothing but another tough encounter for the top and bottom teams.

Let’s wait and see how teams will come up in this do or die round!

Let the games begin!!!



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