Telecom Networks Malawi (TNM) the official sponsors of the top flight K90 million Tnm Premier Soccer League (PSL) has hailed soccer fans for patronizing the 2016-17 league opening match in large numbers at the Kamuzu Stadium in the commercial city of Blantyre on Saturday.
The match involved defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets and northern region soldiers Moyale Barracks who last season finished on position nine.
Speaking to reporters after the game, TNM Public Relations and Competitions Manager Limbani Nsapato described the launch as a success.
He said the large turn out of fans symbolises how they missed their beloved competition and that it was a true definition of football.
“We are obviously excited with the turnout it was a big event and this is how football is supposed to be celebrated it is a beautiful game” said Nsapato.
While commending the supporters and players for their good behaviour, Nsapato predicted an interesting and competetive soccer season.
He therefore called upon supporters of all clubs, players and all relevant stakeholders to be disciplined at all times, desist from act of violence and make sure that the rules of the game are followed.
On his part, Vice president for the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) Daud Suleman also expressed satisfaction with the way the league has started.
Champions Nyasa Big Bullets started the game on a high note and had an upper hand almost in the entire 45 minutes of the first half.
They created several scoring opportunities which they failed to convert into goals with their new signing Mohammed Sulumba from Mighty Be Forward Wanderers being the major culprit.
The game never ran short of drama as Sulumba missed a spot kick in the 63rd minutes after twin striker Mussa Manyenje was brought down in the penalty box.
Moyale goalkeeper Juma Chikwenga was heroe of the day after producing a double serve from the spot kick in which Sulumba failed to score again from a rebound after Chikwenga had served the penalty kick.
Moyale had a single golden opportunity in the first half when Lloyd Njaliwa had his shot served by Bullets advanceing goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe in a man to man situation.
Moyale reorganized itself towards the end of the first half and started knocking the ball around and pile pressure on Bullets defence marshalled by John Lanjesi together with Miracle Gabeya and Yamikani Fodya.
In the second half, it was Moyale’s turn to control proceedings as they launched a number of fierce attacks.
Both sides made substitutions to find a winning formula but to no avail.
0-0 it ended at the end of 90 minutes.
Both Bullets head coach Franco Ndawa and Moyale Assistant coach Charles Kamanga described the result as fair.
“I am very happy and satisfied with the result. It was our first game and we were facing the defending champions and drawing with Bullets its no mean achievement” said Kamanga.
In a nutshell, Ndawa described Sulumba’s penalty miss as being ‘part of the game’.
While admitting the People’s team missed the services of their captain Chiukepo Msowoya upfront, Ndawa assured Bullets fans that he will do everything possible to defend the title.
Msowoya got injured during training on Friday.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :