It’s a brand New Year and I would like to wish readers and all followers of sports in this country and in the Diaspora, a prosperous 2016 as I join this sports website, malawi-sports.com as it’s columnist.
Those who have followed this column are quite aware that it graced the sports pages of every Tuesday in the country’s oldest and most revered newspaper — The Daily Times — in which it was sustained for over 21 years that I practised journalism.
Unfortunately, I had to retire it way back in November after it took a long ‘Sabbatical’ and I told readers that my column might come back — probably in another form and this is it.
When I announced its retirement, many of the followers of my thoughts and opinions on sports suggested to me in private if I can maintain the name of the column as ‘Sports Trends’ — complete with its logo of my caricature which, they said, they admired for a long time.
There were many points I have brought to surface in this column before that many stakeholders took heed of and implemented and when that happened I was always a proud man. The column has been recognised by many stakeholders and the Super League of Malawi (Sulom), in conjunction with their faithful sponsors TNM, had been awarding is as ‘The Best Column’ since way back in 2008 — back to back.
I did not take that for granted and I strove to give my best — not just to win the TNM Best Columnist awards for it — but for the good of the development of sports in general. From now onwards, let us meet on this website and together offer our contributions towards development and enjoyment of sports.
I congratulate Big Bullets for winning the 2015 TNM Super League and in grand style having only lost just two games and drawing six from 28 games. They won the title at 16 points clear—runners-up Mafco managed 50 points while third-place Blue Eagles garnered 48.
Bullets’ arch rivals Mighty Wanderers came fourth with 45 points — 21 points behind Bullets. That’s a marvellous performance and I am quite sure many, including the Nomads, did doff off their hats to the ‘People’s Team’.
Let’s all pray that we will have yet another exciting season as had been over all these years. Let’s pray that the players will give their best so that they can be spotted by the national team coach, Ernest Mtawali, so that can be drafted into the Flames.
The Flames did not perform well in the just ended year and we hope they pick themselves up in their Africa Cup of Nations campaign. I know it’s almost impossible to qualify from our group that has Zimbabwe, Guinea and Swaziland but the fans will be appeased if we will manage to win the remainder of the matches.
All the best to everyone — players, fans, administrators and the sponsors. Let’s keep in touch.