I believe that most of you Nyasa Times ardent audience know one Duncan Mlanjira. I am one of Malawi’s veteran sports journalist having worked for Malawi’s giant media empire, The Times Group — which most of old guns know as Blantyre Printing & Publishing Company, publishers of The Daily Times, Malawi News and The Sunday Times.
It is with pleasure that I have been accorded this opportunity by Nyasa Times to be chatting with you on matters of Malawi sports.
The TNM Super League season, whose defending champions are Nyasa Big Bullets, has just kicked off in earnest and we will be talking a lot about it as well as in netball and all the other disciplines.
The season has kicked off with fans anticipating an exciting season but it has been blighted by the issue of Jaffalie Chande, who decided to move from Big Bullets to join Mighty Wanderers. The transfer wrangle between the two clubs has affected the player so much that he is reported to be receiving death threats.
This is very unfortunate. Let every player join the team of their choice. It’s all part of the game. Players are not supposed to belong to a club for all their short playing careers.
This is a job — they play for money and where the grass is greener, let them move on and create something even more exciting. A good example is that of Peter Wadabwa, who was set free by his club Silver Strikers to join Mighty Wanderers.
The man went on to break his former club’s fans by scoring the winning goal during their first match of the season. That’s part of the game — probably Wadabwa wanted to prove a point for his former club and to reward Wanderers for trusting in him.
It must be appreciated that Chande must have been enticed to join Wanderers for very good reasons and it is just prudent to let him go. He deserves a pat on the back for giving his best for Bullets by allowing him to join a team of his choice.
I know that the rivalry between Bullets and Wanderers is so intense that it annoys the fans when a player moves to the other but let us accommodate the players’ wish if they want to move.
All the best to all teams in this new TNM Super League season and let’s create as much hype and excitement as possible. The better our league will be, the best players will emerge to don the Flames’ colours.
Welcome to my world.