TNM XI to face Malawi champs Kamuzu Barracks receive mixed feelings

With few days remaining to the official  celebrations of TNM’s 10-year involvement in the country’s top flight football, a select side voted by fans  – TNM XI – to face reigning champions Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday at the Civo stadium  has received mixed feelings.

Osman (right) and Kananji reunite at TNM dream team XI as coach and assistant respectively

The dream team released on Wednesday by TNM has divided opinion  from some soccer pundits who believe the squad do not portray the true reflection of the best players in the just ended season.

John Chikalipo, an ardent follower of the country’s elite football league told Nyasa Times that the select side is only based on fans favorites and not what was experienced on the field.

” How do you select a player who only featured in less than ten games at his club? I have seen players like John Lanjesi, Mike Mkwate, Jaffali Chande, Pilirani Zonda, Fischer Kondowe, Richard Chipuwa and Muhammad Sulumba who were not regulars at their clubs. Some of them were on boycott like Dalitso Sailesi who was far behind people’s expectations,” wondered Chikalipo.

Another analyst, Kabesi Gona believes the squad is a select side of Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Be Foward Wanderes.

He said if SULOM and TNM were credible enough, they should not have used the criteria of fans voting to come up with  strong select TNM Super League side.

“Blue Eagles had players like Maxwell Salambula and Godfrey Nachipo who were outstanding compared to some of the selected players. Players like Lwindiko Mshani, Stain Malata, Kondwani Kumwenda, Rafick Namwera, Yamikani Chester, Alfred Manyozo, Mphatso Dzongololo, Innocent Bokosi are among those who were outstanding last season,” said Gona.

Speaking to Nyasa Times, one of the selected players said the organisers were poor in coming up with the criteria of selecting players.

He also questioned the availability of some players who are out on trials which will make things more complicated.

“Why do you select players who are out of the country? By the way, this is off season and most of us are enjoying our holidays and cannot just train once and play a competitive game. It’s very risky to injuries,” said one of the selected players.

The following is the full list of players and officials selected to face Kamuzu
Barracks;

COACH
Yasin Osman (Current BE Forward Wanderersand former Flames tactician)
Assistant Coach
Elia Kananji (Nyasa Big Bullets)
TEAM MANAGER
Peter Mponda (Premier Bet Wizards Technical Director)
GOALKEEPERS
Enerst Kakhobwe
Richard Chipuwa,
DEFENDERS
Stanley Sanudi, Lucky Malata, Miraclce Gabeya, Yamikani Fodya, John Lanjesi and  Pilirani Zonda,
MIDFIELDERS
Joseph Kamwendo, Mike Mkwate, Thuso Paipi, Fisher Kondowe, Dalitso Sailesi and Victor Limbani,
Strikers
Richard Mbulu, Peter Wadabwa, Jafali Chande and Chiukepo Msowoya.
Reserves
Defenders; Francis Mlimbika
Midfielders; Isaac Kaliati
Strikers; Muhammad Sulumba, Gastin Simkonda and Mussa Manyenje

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MAJOR PEN
Guest

PEOPLE DU NOT SELECT BASED ON PERFOMANCE BUT THERE CLUB PLAYERS. IS THE SAME IN POLITICS I CAN NOT VOTE 4 MCP BUT DPP

mbuya
Guest

inu ndi mpira uwu za macheza mpaka …… ngati ndi chaponda

YEBO
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This selection is a flop. How can you choose a player who was not a regular at his club.

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