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Wanderers mentor Mbolembole resigns

Stuart MbolemboleBLANTYRE(MaraPost)—Barely 15 hours after Mighty Wanderers conceded a shameless 2-0 defeat at the hands of Silver Strikers in the official opening match of the country’s flagship football league season, Nomads coach Stuart Mbolembole has tendered his resignation.
Mbolembole has been subjected to a lot of criticisms following the team’s poor run in the last TNM Super league season and off-season games and was given four games to deliver starting with the Silver encounter.
Unfortunately, the Saturday’s game saw the Lali Lubani boys rambling in the field, a clear sign that they still have a lot of homework to do.
Just after the last whistle, Mbolembole went straight to the dressing room in an attempt to avoid any contact with journalists.
However, Mbolembole told media on Friday that the Nomads are not fully ready for the new season.
“We are not fully ready in the sense that we might not be able to feature players that we are targeting for the season such as Luka Milanzi, Sparrow Msowoya and Bongani Zulu who are not yet cleared,” he said.
Mbolembole has resigned at a time when internal politicking has rocked the team.

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The Ministry of Sports has endorsed the fourth season of the airtel rising stars (ARS) as a key program that has facilitated the development of sports in the country.

Speaking during the launch of the 2014 season of ARS in Mchinji on Saturday, Deputy Director of Sports Justice Msopera said airtel has demonstrated as a bonafide government partner through the ARS which aims at unearthing raw youthful soccer talent.
"ARS is in line with the national sports policy which empasizes competitions and athlete development programs as some strategies for developing sports in the country. I would like to applaud Airtel for sponsoring the ARS initiative for the fourth year running now," said Msopera.
He then called on the Malawi Schools Sports Association (MASSA) to handle the 2014 version of ARS in a professional manner.
In his remarks, Airtel Malawi's Acquistion and Research Manager Richmond Chinula said the ARS season four has been launched in a bid to give youth a platform to explore their talent and expose them to life changing opportunities through football.
"We unveiled and launched ARS 3 years ago and this fourth season is here to build on the success that has already been registered by this initiative thus identifying talent, nurturing soccer talent from the grassroots onto a national stage," observed Chinula adding that the current junior Malawi National team comprises ARS products namely Ernest Tambe, Wongani Kuchisanja, Trevor Kalema, Precious Msosa, Mwai Chagaga and Isaac Mwale.
"These boys form part of the Malawi Under 20 national team which recently played against Botswana in a CAF youth championship qualifier.
The launch of the ARS season four in Mchinji was graced by Football Association of Malawi's Technical Director Captain John Kaputa, Executive Secretary for the Malawi National Council of Sports George Jana and officials from MASSA among others.
Musician Annie Matumbi took his time to entertain masses that gathered at Mchinji Community centre ground to witness the launch which also featured a game between the ARS national select team and Mchinji Boma Stars.
Meanwhile, four outstanding players that participated in the 2013 ARS continental finals in Nigeria are destined to leave Malawi for Tanzania for a soccer clinic which will be conducted by officials from Manchester United.


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TNM Super League 2014 Fixtures

Tnm SuperleagueThe 2014 TNM Super League rolls off this weekend with the defending champions Silver Strikers, also known as the Bankers, starting the campaign with a seemingly tough away fixture.

The bankers, being sponsored by the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM), travels to the south where they will play Mighty Wanderers.

Big Bullets will also begin the campaign with two away assignments against Moyale Barracks and new entrants Karonga United on Sunday and Easter Monday, respectively.

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Silver Strikers beat Wanderers in TNM Super league official opening fixture

Silver StrikersBLANTYRE(MaraPost)—The country’s flagship football league season started on Saturday with the defending champions Silver Strikers collecting three points in the official opening  encounter of the league against Mighty Wanderers .


The game played before sizeable crowd at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre started at a low pace and strikers of both teams lacked composure and killer punches in the entire 45 minutes of the first half.

TNM challenges sports writers to stem hooliganism: Donates K1.4m for workshop

Sobhuza Ngwenya of TNM Donates K1.4m for workshop


Responsible media reporting and objectivity are key tools that sports journalists need to apply to help stem the tide of hooliganism in soccer, Head of Marketing at TNM, the sponsor of the country’s flagship Super League said on Thursday. 

Sobhuza Ngwenya gave the tip when TNM donated K1,433,000 to the Sports Writers Association of Malawi (SWAM) to enable the association to hold a Training Workshop aimed at drilling sports journalists on dealing with hooliganism.

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