FROM THE TERRACES: My Take on Airtel Top 8 Final

……………………Bankers! Be Alert on the planned Bank robbery


By Chifundo ZINGUNDE.

In the just ended week, we watched some scintillating footballing sermons that enticed some of us from the open terraces to rekindle the golden era of Malawian football back then.

Equally interesting have been events both on and off the pitch in both the TNM super league, and also the on-going Airtel Top Eight Bonanza.

Noisy neighbours from the Red camp can now breathe a sigh of relief following the end of their goal drought as they pounced on Civil Service Sporting Club with a convincing 3 nil margin during a TNM super league encounter.

The other blue half of blue side of Blantyre had also a fair share of both moments of shame, and brilliance.

On the other hand, the best cup goal scorers, Kamuzu Barracks FC failed to live up to their billing as post-match penalties barred them from having a feel in the Airtel Top 8 bonanza finals, courtesy of their city rivals, Silver Strikers.

The Airtel Top 8 finale

Now, back to the Nyerere camp. Moment of brilliance was their come back from a two goal cushion and overturning it to win by a three goal to two margin. This was just an ambush on the Lions of Kaning’ina, who already had one leg onto the promised land. However, the three goal hero, Khumbo Ng’ambi had some surprises for the Mzuzu based soldiers. Truth be told, as I was watching the match from the stands, I could see that the defeat pained Aganyu more than the Soldiers themselves.

Nomads’ triumph should give the Central Bankers some headache really. This is a clear warning shot to the bankers to start devising plans of containing the pace of Yamikani Chester on the flanks, the Experienced Joseph Kamwendo, and also the crafty footworks of youthful semi-final hat trick hero, Nkhumbo Ng’ambi.

I know, the Bankers faithful will be smiling that they, at least did spot Nyerere’s weakest link, the goal-keeping area. But to some of us who have watched a fair share number of matches, from these open terraces, we do know and are always reminded that the Nomads have that area already covered up; their goal-keepers’ mentor, Valesi Kamzere. They don’t call him Mr Clean Sheet, for nothing. On a good day, he is a menace to many a strikers.

The nomads have a record to protect. Mind you, they pride themselves in being the first ones to taste every maiden cup that comes on our land. This is no exceptional. The bankers seriously need to take this threat of robbing the central bank very very serious. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

We from the terraces, seriously have this inner feeling that the Nomads have an upper hand, if statistics are anything to go by. If you think this is just out of the blues; check this;

History of last 3 Finals Encounters

  1. Standard Bank Cup 2012

Mighty BeForward wanderers 2-0 Silver Strikers

*Victor Mpinganjira

*Moses Chavula

  1. Standard Bank Cup 2013

Mighty BeForward wanderers 1-0 Silver Strikers

*Blessings Tembo (own goal)

  1. FISD CUP 2016

Mighty BeForward wanderers 1-1 Silver Strikers

                                                     (5-4) on penalties

Do I have to comment? But for the fact that they are underdogs, the pain of being perpetual punch bags at the hands of the blue army as far as cups games are concerned is enough motivation for the Central Bankers to put up a gallant fight.


We do know for sure that on a god day, the combination of Thuso Paipi ,Victor Limbani and Green Harawa can be a pain in the thorn of the flesh of any defense line on the land.

It’s now or never, Silver Strikers must stop the Bank Robbery now! It’s the time their youthful squad stops this habitual bank robbery once and for all!



And the juju beliefs from the blue ship….. …Sizampira izi!!! Learn to leave old civilization to where it belongs.

We, from the terraces are expecting nothing but pure classic soccer cometh this final on the 3rd of June. Hopefully, we won’t be watching a Roger Federer- Rafael Nadal US Open tennis tourney. You know what I mean!



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