Knot the boot laces. Buckle up. Warm up. The 2013/14 TNM Super League is here. It promises to be a long, windy dance on the park.
The stakes and with it, the threats, are higher this season. Safety is not guaranteed for sports reporters and commentators and referees.
I suggest you hire bodyguards, get helmets and mouth guards. Just in case….
If you earn your bonya through coaching, you better get medication for BP and pay landlords for the whole year.
Even a supporter can fire you.
If you are Silver Strikers, you must be wondering how you will defend the title in the face of Big Bullets, Blantyre United and Mighty Wanderers’ threats.
At the Lali Lubani, it is hard imagining Nyelele gig without Sharika Joseph Kamwendo and Zagaf Foster Namwela.
At Blantyre United, fantasy football can never be complete when ‘Fisimatama’ Brown Mizeye has relocated to Bullets.
Last season, bonya and Gabadinho Mhango competed for popularity. Can ‘Fisimatama’ become the third?
Questions. Questions. Will Blue Eagles soar again as cup specialists? The ball is in your Nankhaka court ‘President’ Derklerk Msakakuona!
In Kanjedza Township, after two seasons of rebuilding, can Azam Tigers walk the talk and prey on silverware with their youthful bunch that is betrayed by inexperience? Abambhooo!
On the individual front, bet your last kwacha that Jelesi Lufeyo, Charles Sikwewa, Charles Ngosi and Raquub Milanzi will not shake off their ‘rolling stone’ tags. They are always on the move.
By the way, a warm welcome to rookies Evirom, Mponela United and Super Eagles. The landing is usually safe!
Just prove me wrong that you are not new points’ donors. For Super Eagles, truth is no Simama League champions survive beyond a Super League season.
On fixtures, I hope resolutions from April 1 stakeholders’ indaba will be followed to the harmonised calendar letter.
But the skeptic in me is thinking otherwise. The regional leagues are yet to start. Worse still, the Southern Region Football League is in progress with remaining games from last season. Hardly a picture of harmony!
This last bit will be a regular as with 18 Malawians, the Mocambola League has dislodged South Africa (eight players) as the biggest importer of Malawi talent.
Last Sunday, Emmanuel Chipatala scored for Matchedje FC in a 2-1 loss to Ferroviaro de Nampula. Gerald Nkungula’s HCB Songo edged Ferroviaro de Beira 1-0 whereas Louis Minjale’s Chingade de Tete lost 1-0 to Estrela Velmelha Beira. Bondiya!