Malawian Soccer has not had its best this year with the Country failing to go past the preliminaries in the FIFA World cup 2018 qualifiers losing to Tanzania, They were also bundled out of the CECAFA at the Quarter finals even losing to new Nation South Sudan. Lost to Zimbabwe a fete that cost coach Young Chimodzi and his deputy jack Chamangwana job.
Soka25east writer Austin Oduor Otieno summarizes what transpired in Malawian Football in 2015
February 2015-Big Bullets begin CAF Champions league with a win.
Malawi TNM champions and the country’s sole representative Big Bullets started the CAF Campaign with a 3-2 aggregate win over Fomboni with the first leg winning 0-1 away, Kumwenda scoring the vital away win in the last minute then drawing the reverse fixture 2-2 in Blantyre.
April 2015-Chirambo death overshadows Big Bullets exit
Al Hilal knocked out Big Bullets out of the CAF Champions league just hours after the Malawian Champions defender Douglas Chirambo passed away.Chirambo died of brain tumour after a long illness. After a 1-1 draw at home, Bullets lost 4-0 away to lose 5-1 on aggregate.
June 2015-Young Chimodzi fired, Mtawali takes over
After loss to Zimbabwe in the AFCON 2017 qualifier match, Football Association of Malawi resolved not to renew the contract of coach Young Chimodzi and his deputy Jack Chamangwana.At an Emergency executive Committee meeting in Blantyre, FAM advised the government not renew Chimodzi’s contract upon expiry a month later. Ernest Mtawali was appointed care taker coach.
October 2015-7 Million Kwacha netted in Malawi vs Tanzania match in Blantyre.
A total of 7 Million Kwacha was netted in a crunch match between Malawi and Tanzania, A match that ended 1-1 draw but Malawi ended up being tossed out
The same month saw Bullets suspend Officials as players end boycott over allegations of mismanagement of funds by the Club officials.
October 2015-Malawi government to construct stadium in Karaga.
November 2015-K100, 000 a month for Bullet players
Malawi Super League heavy weight Big Bullets players got all reasons to smile following revelations that they will start receiving salary amounting to K100, 000 in the next season after the club clinched a K0.5 Billion sponsorship deal with Nyasa Manufacturing Corporation? This was received with joy by the players and supporters.
November 2015-Kim Kamau rejects mighty wanderers post
Days after being appointed interim Chairman of Mighty wanderers also known as the Nomads in Central region, Malawi’s self-acclaimed soccer pundit Kim Kamau rejected the position saying it was illegal and inappropriate.
November 2015-Top tier to have 16 teams as Bullets seal 13th title.
The Top tier management committee of the Malawi TNM Super league (SULOM)resolves to have 16 teams in the next season with its Vice President David Suleiman insisting that 3 teams will still go down .Meanwhile Big Bullets of Malawi beats Azam Tigers 2-1 to seal their 13th title with Jafali chande scoring a second half brace.
November 2015-Malawi Uproar as government intends to employ Civo United.
The government of Malawi’s decision to have all Civo United players employed in the civil service was received with a lot of uproar after Civo’s win over Mighty Wanderers in the Standard Bank Knockout Cup final in Lilongwe.
The same November saw Civo United ends Big Bullets unbeaten run.
Drug fight Malawi condemned for standing against Big Bullets sponsorship-A youth nongovernmental organization in the country accuses Dug Fight Malawi for their continued criticism of the deal signed between Big Bullets and Nyasa Manufacturing Company saying they went overboard to engage the media.
December 2015-Simplex Nthala, 3 others arrested for starting a fight in a Bar.
Malawi National Team goalkeeper Simplex Nthala and brother Lenani together with Harvey Nkacha plus Blue Eagles Schumacher Kuwali arrested by Police in Lilongwe after they had spilled a fight at a night club where they resisted arrest after their colleague Kuwali was wrapped up by police unknown reasons. The two were in Ethiopia during the Cecafa Tournament.
The same month saw the Malawi Government finalizes a world class 60,000 seater capacity stadium construction in Lilongwe. The Bingu National Stadium contractor informed the government that the stadium is complete and it’s handed over to Youth and Culture Minister Grace Obama Chiuma.
Other December highlights saw FAM Presidential hopefuls Yabwanya & Wilkins Mijiga withdraw from the FAM race as Dwangwa United and Max Bullets gets the first two tickets to join the Malawi top tier.
The same December saw Football Association of Malawi unveil a new Commercial Director former Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation Marketing Manager Limbani Matola.He replaced Dan Tambal who was relieved of his duties.
The latest Soccer highlights the FAM Elections where Walter Nyamilandu was declared the winner of the controversial Football Association of Malawi that was faced with withdrawals of prime candidates at the eleventh hour.
The 2015 Football Association of Malawi AGM that took place at the Nkopola lodge saw Candidates for the top seat Willy Yabwanya and his compatriot Wilkins Mijiga withdraw saying they cannot be part and parcel of illegal proceedings.
“Yes we have withdrawn from the polls, article 22 was floated and despite a court injunction, the electoral committee defied orders from the appeals committee and went further to conduct the elections.
Nyamilandu won the polls gannerring a massive 27 votes against 7 for Mijiga and 2 for Yabwanya.