Timau: Malawi look at the Nigeria V Arsenal friendly match!

Steven Howard, chief writer and the man at the heart of The Sun, a UK tabloid had this to say on his column of Saturday, June 30, 2012,

The defenders of faith will be hard at work today after Italy’s Euro 2012 victory over Germany. This is the theory: Because England were only beaten in a shootout by a team that could win the Euros then they can’t be half as bad as they were made out. This dangerous line of thought is FOOLHARDY, PRESUMPTUOUS and a Roadblock to progress.”

Why are we, the Timau Crew interested in Howard’s storyline? Simple! Some Malawians are dreaming in colour; just because Malawi drew with Nigeria on June 7, in a world cup qualifier at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, Malawians, like Shylock in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, are claiming a pound of flesh from Kinnah Phiri, Malawi’s head coach should Malawi lose to Nigeria.

Like Steve Howard of The Sun, we, the Timau Crew are bamboozled by the Malawian way of thinking of beating Nigeria away. If it happens, pay tribute to Kinnah and his technical panel. Why? Read on.

Kinnah: Needs support

Arsenal football club, an English premier league side will play Nigeria in a pre-season match in Abuja on 5 August. Why is the Crew concerned with this match? It is not because Malawi will have to play Nigeria in the second leg of the world cup qualifier neither is it because of the fact that two of the Timau Crew members are Arsenal fans but it is because of some section of Malawians’ who were like vampires baying for Kinnah’s blood when the Flames drew with Nigeria in Blantyre.

They wanted the national coach fired, instead of raising their fangs on the national sports council or the Malawi Government. Are we right? Absolutely yes. In preparation for the game against Malawi, Nigeria will play Arsenal.  God knows what is next on their menu. To the contrary, Malawi will play Zambia team C in preparation for the same match, how on earth does the nation expect Kinnah to perform miracles in Nigeria-koma abale, and to add salt to the wound the Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has said that he will use this game (Nigeria/Arsenal) to showcase his full squad for the 2012/2013 football season. Can you hear this! And we believe that our skimpily prepared Flames will beat Nigeria away. Thank Kinnah for his knowledge of football if we even draw in Nigeria.

Ironically, the detractors of Kinnah and his coaching panel are the ones showering all the praises to Nigeria on the social media network and online publications for being brave enough to play ARSERNAL instead of questioning their own government as to why the Flames should play against Zambia team C in preparation for a crucial world cup match.


Former President of Malawi, Hastings Kamuzu Banda had a mental picture. He housed all his civil servants in one location according to seniority hence he came up with area 18, 15, 10, 11, 12 etc. Their children were going to the same schools called Mphungu and Lingadzi. The civil servants spouses were walking together and sharing the same lingua. What a life it was and it was very easy to tame them. After retirement they went and others came.

Enock Chihana, the current Sports Minister is the product of the above system. He grew up in area 10 and went to Mphungu primary school. So he is aware of the said Kamuzu vision. This is why when we, the Timau Crew heard that he is suggesting building houses for national team players, we were not stunned. Chihana knows the advantages of putting workers together in decent accommodation.

What a brilliant idea Enock! Go ahead with the idea and don’t listen to green-eyed people. You will leave a great legacy! No one has ever thought like this for our players. Let the WAGS –Wive and Girls Friends of footballers walk together in the same compound.

Come up with an area 12 for them, national coach, his technical panel and all the players should be accommodated in one place, come up with their own Mphungu, their own churches, their own PTC etc. If they reach their retirement age others will come in just like in Kamuzu’s area 10, 11 and 12.

Make our national team players happy. Enock, the whole country will remember you for this, think about it, don’t listen to cynic people.


Amongst many other reasons why our football is below par is that people who analyse our football have never played the game neither are they familiar with the game nor do they have passion for it but we call them soccer analysts. What a joke! In England and elsewhere, all soccer pundits have played football before, that way, when they are analysing football; people are convinced that they are listening from real soccer analysts who know what they are talking about. That is why they don’t unnecessarily attack a coach as is done by our ineffectual pundits, who because they do not know football’s set of laws, have their field day on the coach.

This is why we would like to give thumbs up to Zodiak Broadcasting Station for featuring Esau Kanyenda and Fisher Kondowe as their game analysts in a football match that involved Malawi and Chad in Blantyre recently. BUT were they paid? Mind you, Allan Hansen, a match of the day pundits who only sits in on Saturday evenings to analyse premiership games is paid £40 000 per sitting.

Our media organisations should train our players as reporters and analysts for their papers and TV stations; surely we have some brainy footballers out there. Its only when we do this that we will get quality analysis.

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