Massive celebrations in Dedza: Young Saints earn promotion to Malawi Super League

There were massive celebrations at Dedza Stadium and the entire Dedza town on Saturday, February 21, 2015 as Dedza Young Soccer Saints earned automatic promotion into the TNM Super League after thumping Dowa United 5-0 in a match played before a huge crowd at Dedza Stadium.

4-goal hero Balaka tries to dribble past a Dowa defender

4-goal hero Balaka tries to dribble past a Dowa defender

Young Soccer celebrate one of their goals.

Young Soccer celebrate one of their goals.

A Dedza fan blows up fire in celebration.

A Dedza fan blows up fire in celebration.

Pitch invasion in celebrations

Pitch invasion in celebrations

A vehicle and motorcycle drive along the pitch during celebrations.

A vehicle and motorcycle drive along the pitch during celebrations.

This is the first time in history for a team from Dedza district to be promoted into the country’s elite league and the mood amongst the
local fans and citizens after the game told the whole story.

Hero of the afternoon was striker Davie ‘Villa’ Balaka, who scored four goals for Dedza Young Soccer after midfielder Willard Dickson had
his penalty saved by Dowa goalkeeper in the opening moments.

Chisomo Gillion claimed the other goal for Dedza, who had to win against Dowa to shrug-off the threat from their title rivals Support Battalion. Battalion, who were away at Wimbe United were looking for full points while praying that Dedza drop points against Dowa but thatturned out to be a pipe dream as the soldiers were held to a nil-all draw by their hosts.

The result at Wimbe means Dedza, who were two points ahead of Support Battalion would have still being crowned champions even if they had failed to get a point against Dowa.

With the win, Dedza have wrapped up the title with 89 points from 38 games and Support trail them with 85 points from the same number of
games.

“Coach Millias Jegwe Pofera did not hide his excitement after the whistle: “This is history in the making. I am very excited because nothing like this has happened to a team from Dedza. After a marathon of 38 games, we will now go for a two or three week rest before reassembling for Super League preparations,” said Jegwe.

His Dowa counterpart Joseph Kaunda accepted the defeat and wished Dedza the best of luck as they start a new lease of life in the elite
league.

“We accept the loss. My boys are not used to playing at a big stadium like this and before a hostile crowd. They were intimidated by the atmosphere and we simply did not play our game. My congratulations to Dedza and we wish them well as they begin a new life in the TNM Super League,” said Kaunda.

Apart from Central Region Football Association officials, the game also attracted the attention of outgoing Super League of Malawi (Sulom) treasurer Tiya Somba-Banda, who drove all the way from Blantyre to watch the action.

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15 thoughts on “Massive celebrations in Dedza: Young Saints earn promotion to Malawi Super League”

  1. nomandela says:

    koma mulimbamo musuperleague mo asakhwi inu?????????????????????????????????????

  2. Kanyimbi says:

    So the fans decided to celebrate by vandalising the fence? so where will their team be playing?

  3. Nyerere Kuuna says:

    My home boys you done us good job and made us proud. Make sure to put extra gear in order to remain playing in the super league and forget about names. I wish you all the best and God bless you.

  4. mphatso says:

    bola ngati sadawinile khini.Komano kusangalala mpakana kumaononga nako ma wire chonchi?

  5. Chipatso says:

    Ameja msanje simanga mudzi. Ana apanga zakupsa awa.

  6. clement says:

    Mmm apa ndiye potula ma points ndipo season ino ndikutha kuona matimu atutu akutuluka mu Super league kuchokera pakati.Zikomo

  7. Wester says:

    Adieus my kins folks, your God is able guys and he will not forsake you in the big league. May God indeed bless your future plans

  8. widy NTHALA says:

    oh wow! am so happy for my home team.We will survive in the premier league.

  9. kashoti says:

    Mboga invaded the pitch,Magesh on the Go Cart,not a motorcycle,reporter!Tanjoya nayo Team.

  10. angoni says:

    Wawa angoni…. nawo a henry moyo anjoyeko

  11. harlod says:

    Mwalandiridwa ma Dedza musatichitse manyaz pa Central pano

  12. Meja says:

    This team needs to invest in quality players, otherwise with the crop they have, it will need a miracle for them to survive in the super league. Ma ref also played a part especially when they were playing at home!11

  13. Yankho says:

    Ana aku mudzi mwachita za kupsa. moti a baba a Tembo ndiwondwa kwambiri. Mwakabwera kuno ku Dwangwa nkhawa njee, ine mmemo ndizikuphikirani. Thats news in making. I am proud of you. Keep the fire burning, For Jegwe ndikugulira Kuche kuche ndi kabwera ku Dedzako week end. Osati wang’ono koma wa mkulu.

  14. Jebison Slindine Nyoni says:

    Congratulations to my homeboys

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