Soccer feast for Dwangwa fans: As drought hits Mzuzu

They say one man’s misfortune is another man’s fortune. While Mzuzu fans will be starving of top flight action due to the home-match ban imposed on Moyale Barracks FC, Nkhotakota based soccer enthusiasts will be smiling all the way to Chitowe Stadium, venue for two crucial TNM Super League matches and a Standard Bank Top 8 trophy thriller.

On Saturday, the stadium hosts a Standard Bank Top 8 first leg clash involving Moyale Barracks and Civo United before playing host to a TNM Super League match between Mafco and Red Lions.

According to Football Association of Malawi (Fam), the cup game, which was supposed to be played at Mzuzu Stadium will curtain-raise the all-soldiers Super League match.

Tiya Somba: Justice done

“They (Moyale) will as well play their home cup games away from Mzuzu until their punishment is over,” said Fam’s chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda in an interview on Thursday.

After Saturday’s double header, fans from the lake shore district will be entertained to another big clash involving Moyale and Red Lions on Sunday. Initially, the game was supposed to be played at Mzuzu Stadium but it has been taken away from the northern city as the soldiers from Kaning’ina face their four-match ban.

Commenting whether the Standard Bank Cup game will count on the four home-match ban imposed on Moyale Barracks, Sulom treasurer Tiya Somba-Banda said the Moyale, Civo match will be considered as part of the punishment meted out on the soldiers for causing violence during a
Super League match against Big Bullets last week.

“That game will definitely count, meaning they (Moyale) will have to play two more home games away from home after playing Civo and Red Lions at Chitowe,” said Somba-Banda, who was head of the disciplinary hearing that slapped Moyale and its players with various forms of punishments.

Other fixtures

In other Standard Bank Cup fixtures, new Silver Strikers mentor Franco Ndau will be having his first test as the bankers welcome Blue Eagles at Silver Stadium on Saturday.

Escom United have a chance to revenge their 1-0 loss at the hands of Mighty Wanderers two weeks ago as the visit the Nomads at Kalulu Stadium on the same day.

Also meeting in the Standard Bank Cup Saturday are Bullets and Epac, who will lock horns at Balaka Stadium. When the two teams last met in the league, Bullets came from behind to force a 1-all draw.

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