The first week of the 2014 TNM Super League produced plenty of thrills with 24 scored in seven games, six more goals than last campaign’s opening week in six games.
Rodrick Gonani of Silver Strikers and Mafco’s Calista Kalinda lead the charge for the goals with two strikes apiece. They scored in the Bankers’ 2-0 win against troubled Mighty Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
Kalinda carried on his last season’s form when claiming a double as Mafco eased past rookies Chikwawa United 3-0 at Chitowe also on Saturday. On Sunday, Chikwawa United lost 1-2 to fellow new comers Airborne Rangers at the same venue.
Sam Banda, Mada Jere netted for the Chipiku Central Region Football League (CRFL) Premier League champions Airborne Rangers whereas Lanken Mwale scored for Chikwawa.
On Sunday, Azam Tigers, who had on Saturday downed hosts Civo United 2-1, lost 2-4 to rampant Kamuzu Barracks who scored through Joel Chipofya, Manase Chiyesa, Kelvin Hanganda and Jawadu Samilu. Clement Ng’ombe and Bright Munthali scored for the Franco Ndawa’s men.
At Kamuzu Stadium, Blantyre United held Red Lions 1-1 with Griffin Mwenebanda’s goal equalled by Mphatso Banda’s goal for the Zomba soldiers.
In the Northern Region, Big Bullets new coach Elia Kananji had a valuable away 2-1 winning start over hosts Moyale Barracks.
Ex-Blantyre United striker Tizgobere Kumwenda and defender Sankhani Mkandawire scored Bullets’ goals whereas Zikani Sichinga netted the Nicholas Mhango men’s consolation.
From the opening week results, it is clear that Malawi Defence Force continue to impress as out of the four sides, Mafco and Airborne won, Red Lions drew while Moyale lost.
The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) general secretary Williams Banda described the opening week as near-perfect with no major incidents reported, but on the goals scored, he said: “It is too early to say there is an improvement.”