Catch up time for Wanderers and Silver in Malawi’s TNM Super League

After Week 6 of the 2017 TNM Super League season, giants Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers are at the bottom of the table having just played one and two games respectively following their inactivity of the league proceedings because of their full involvement in the Airtel Top 8 Cup.

Wanderers to play catch up

The two teams reached the final of the inaugural Airtel Top 8 in which Silver won 10-9 after post-match penalties last Saturday.

Wanderers only played one match of the TNM Super League season in which they beat champions Kamuzu Barracks while Silver played two, both of which they drew. The Nomads are on position 12 while Silver Strikers are 15th of the 16-team log table.

Bitter at missing out as the first champions of a cup competition, the Nomads now focus their attention at the league title campaign, which they last won in 2006. Silver last won it consecutively in 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

So, it’s catch up time for Wanderers as they take on Wizards at Mulanje Park while Silver, who ended third last season, face the league champions Kamuzu Barracks at Civo Stadium.

Wizards, who survived by a whisker last season by ending 13th, are second so far with 11 points having played five games in which they won three and drew two while Kamuzu Barracks are 10th with four points having played three games of one win, one draw and one loss.

As is usually the case there are always pace setters to the title campaign but they usually tire out as the season progresses and it remains to be seen if the current leaders Red Lions, who ended 10th last season, might keep up with their good performance in which they have 11 points—sharing with Wizards—from their five games of three wins and two draws.

The soldiers from Cobbe Barracks in Zomba, face 5th-placed Azam Tigers at Balaka Stadium.

A surprise package at the top of the table this season are Mzuzu University (Mzuni), who are third with nine points from two wins and three draws. Mzuni, who face 6th-placed Nyasa Big Bullets at Kalulu Stadium on Sunday, were 9th last season.

The Bullets, who bowed out of the Airtel Top 8 at the quarterfinal stages, have found themselves at 6th position with seven points from four games having won two, drew 1 and lost one.

On good footing, newly-promoted Masters Security are position 8 with six points from two wins and three losses and they face veterans Mafco at Dedza Stadium.

Their fellow debutantes Chitipa United are on last position 16, from five games of no win four losses and one surprise draw against Big Bullets in their opening match. They face 7th-placed Moyale at Mzuzu Stadium.

The full fixtures — all on Sunday, June 11 — are:

Nyasa Big Bullets v Mzuni FC at Kalulu Stadium

Wizards FC v Mighty Be Forward Wanderers at Mulanje Park

Red Lions v Azam Tigers at Balaka Stadium

Masters Security v Mafco at Dedza Stadium

Moyale FC v Chitipa United at Mzuzu Stadium

Silver Strikers v Kamuzu Barracks at Civo Stadium

How they stand

(The number in brackets is for last season’s position and the P is for promoted teams):

P   W  D  L GF GA GD Pts

  1. (10) Red Lions      5 3   2   0  10    3    7    11
  2. (13) Wizards          5 3   2   0   5     1    4    11
  3. (9) Mzuni               5  2   3   0   7     3   4    9
  4. (5) Mafco               4  3   0   1   6     5    1     9
  5. (8) Azam Tigers   4   1   1   1   10   5    5     7
  6. (2) Nyasa Bullets 4  2   1   1   5    2     3     7
  7. (7) Moyale            3   2   0   1   3    3    0    6
  8. (P) Masters Sec    5 2   0   3   6    8   -2    6
  9. (4) Blue Eagles     5 1   2   2   3    5   -2    5
  10. (1) KB                    3 1   1   1   3    3    0    4
  11. (12) Dwangwa     5 1 1   3   4    9   -5    4
  12. (6) Wanderers     1    1   0   0   1    0    1    3
  13. (P) Blantyre Utd 5 1   0   4   7   10   -3    3
  14. (P) Civil               5 1   0   4   2    7   -5    3
  15. (3) Silver             2 0   2   0   1    1    0    2
  16. (P) Chitipa Utd 5 0   1   4   1    9   -8    1

 

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