Woes pile up for Kamuzu Barracks: Malawi TNM Super League

The 2016 TNM Super League champions Kamuzu Barracks continue to struggle this season as they remain with just three games to wrap up their first round and the best they can achieve in the next round is to avoid relegation.

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Dubbed, Leicester City of Malawi after the English Premier League side who failed to make their mark in the next season after clinching the Premiership title two seasons ago, Kamuzu Barracks are on an unenviable position 12 with a meagre 14 points from a possible 44 points from their 11 games played in which they just won four, drew two and lost five times.

On Saturday, they were on the path to earn some three points against promoted Masters Security but they succumbed when the debutantes came from behind to score three goals and carry the day 3-2.

And the journey is equally tough for the soldiers as they have been fixed a midweek game against 9th-placed Blue Eagles at Nakhaka on Wednesday (July 2) as well as another tough assignment against 7th-placed Azam Tigers three days later (Saturday) at Civo Stadium.

From 12 games played, Blue Eagles have 17 points from four wins, five draws and three losses sharing points with Azam Tigers, who won also four matches and drew five but lost just two.

This should be interesting games because Kamuzu Barracks will be fighting to escape the relegation zone while Blue Eagles and Tigers, while they still have a distant chance of claiming the league title, will be making sure they stay in the top eight in order to compete in the Airtel Top 8 Cup at the end of this season.

At the top of the table are bereaved Mighty Be Forward Wanderers with 28 points from 11 games of nine wins, one draw and one loss.

The Nomads lost their most loved chairman George Chamangwana on Friday, just a day before the country’s most followed derby against their arch rivals Nyasa Big Bullets which was scheduled to be played away from their own city, in Lilongwe.

The match goes ahead at Bingu National Stadium on Sunday, which is like Bullets’ home game. The People’s Team are on position four with 18 points from 11 games of five wins, three draws and three losses.

Coming on the heels of Wanderers with a difference of five points are Silver Strikers, who have 23 points from 11 games of six wins and five draws.

The Bankers, who are the team who have not registered a loss and are on bye this coming weekend, beat Dwangwa United 3-0 last weekend as they want to stamp their authority having win the inaugural Airtel Top 8 Cup at the beginning of the season when they beat Wanderers after post match penalties.

On third position are Moyale with 22 points from 12 games of six wins, four draws and two losses. Moyale host 8th-placed Civil Sporting at Mzuzu Stadium on Saturday and they should tread carefully against this side that thrashed 15th-placed Dwangwa United 6-0 last Saturday.

Other fixtures are Wizards v Masters Security at MDC Stadium on Saturday and on Sunday Mzuni (11th) v Civil Sporting (8th) at Mzuzu Stadium, Red Lions (10th) v Masters Security (13th) at Balaka Stadium and Blue Eagles (9th) v Azam Tigers (7th) at Nankhaka.

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. (6) Wanderers          11  9   1   1   14  4    10   28
  2. (3) Silver Strikers    11  6   5   0   16  5    11    23
  3. (7) Moyale                12  6   4   2   12  9     3    22
  4. (2) Nyasa Bullets     11  5   3   3   11  6     5    18
  5. (13) Wizards            13  5   3   5   10  10   0    18
  6. (5) Mafco                 12  5   3   4   11  15  -4   18
  7. (8) Azam Tigers      11  4   5   2   18  12   6   17
  8. (11) Civil Sporting  11  5   2   4   19  14   5   17
  9. (4) Blue Eagles       12   4  5   3   12   10  2   17
  10. (10) Red Lions        12   4  4   4  15   12   3   16
  11. (9) Mzuni                 11   4   3  4   12   10  2   15
  12. (1) K. Barracks        11   4   2   5  13   13  0   14
  13. (P) Masters Sec.     12   3   4   5  12   15 -3  13
  14. (P) Blantyre Utd     14   3   2   9  18  25  -7   11
  15. (12) Dwangwa Utd 13   2   2   9   9   25 -17   8
  16. (P) Chitipa Utd        13   1   2  10  8   25 -17   5

 

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Was this article edited and proof-read?
a. How can 11 games equal “a possible 44 points?” Are teams awarded 4 points per game?
b. “……..when the debutantes came from behind……” – spelling ya “debutants” imeneyo?
c. “This should be interesting games” -subject verb agreement ilipo apa?
d. “…..Blue Eagles at Nakhaka on Wednesday (July 2) as well…” – I thought we are on the final day of July and this should have been August 2?
e. “….thrashed 15th-placed Dwangwa United 6-0 last Saturday….” – I thought the game ended 6-1 and not 6-0??

Anyway! But you can surely do better, I think

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