All good things must come to an end ladies and gentlemen, and, as much as it hurts, we have to say adieu to the TNM Super League season which was rich in substance and long in entertainment that held us spellbound.
Take a bow, ladies and gentlemen, to the 2012/13 Super League race that went down to the wire. What more could we have asked for really? And let us take a bow to Silver Strikers for showing characteristic grit to retain the league title for a third year running.
Take a bow, ladies and gentlemen, to the young men whose skills helped illuminate our football fields, the guys who somehow helped provide the solace during the current tough economic times—and the names of Gabadinho Mhango, Victor Mpinganjira, Vincent Chinthenga, Gerald Phiri Jnr, Brown Mizeyi, Micium Mhone, Dalitso Sailesi, Mustafa Salimu and Innocent Bokosi come to mind.
Of course, ‘Gaba’ was the real deal and his magical talent helped to cheer our spirits so much that his fame overshadowed that of Amayi and bonya combined. No wonder, the BB faithful even composed a special song for him: ‘Siife, koma Gabadinho!”
Well, Big Bullets might have finished second, but they had an incredible season and turned back the hands of time. Let us give them their due respect guys because they fought like true warriors, right to the very end. And who can forget the Nomads’ own composition: ‘Kuli nyerere kumanoma!’
We also have to take a bow to the season when the old guard Joseph ‘Shakira’ Kamwendo and Fischer ‘Anong’a’ Kondowe took fans down memory lane with vintage displays.
Innocent Bottomani might have his faults, just like all of us, given our human frailty that stalks us in everything we do, but we have to give him his credit for running the league professionally assisted by guys such as Williams Banda, Tiya Somba-Banda and my good friend Patrick Chisale, whom I fondly call ‘Paddy.’
Yes! It must have been love, but, sadly it is over. Now, we have to turn all our focus to the misery we are going through. With the civil servants strike over, what comes to mind is the way my boy Stonard Galeta narrated the unfortunate incidents that occurred last Thursday in my neighbourhood when he said: “Ankolo kwavutatu kuntundaku, akuphulitsa ma tigers!” Of course, he meant tear gas. To God be the glory! Uloliwe.. Uloliwe wayidudula hi..Nang’esiza! [The train is pushing!]