2022 TNM Super League Week Two Preview: Nomads, Silver seek first wins

2022 TNM Super League Week Two Preview: Nomads, Silver seek first wins

By Lifu Litete

Straight from the first week of the 2022 TNM Super League, top flight football returns this weekend with interesting fixtures that will start painting a picture on who is who is in this new campaign.

The first week of the league produced 15 goals with Kamuzu Barracks the biggest scorers in their 1-3 away win at Karonga United on Saturday. 14 yellow cards were dished out in the first week with Nyasa Big Bullets the biggest receipients after three of their players namely goalkeeper Richard Chimbamba and defenders Hadji Wali and Kesten Simbi all went into the book against Mighty Wanderers at the Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.  No red cards and penalties were recorded in the first week.

This week, the League’s governing body, SULOM,  has spread across nine fixtures with Champions Nyasa Big Bullets on bye after contributing five players to the Malawi under 23 National Team which is currently in Turkey.

With Bullets out of action, attention will be on two of last season’s closest challengers, Silver Strikers and Mighty Wanderers who are both in action on Saturday.

Smarting from the 1-2 derby defeat, Wanderers welcome a wounded TN Stars at Chiwembe Stadium while TN comes into the match from a weekend to forget after they were hammered 0-2 by Ekwendeni United last Saturday.

Wanderers Coach Eddingtone Ng’onamo will surely ring some changes to the squad that was humbled by their noisy neighbours last Saturday.

Preparations ahead of this match have been hampered with news that the team’s last season’s top goal scorer, Vincent Nyangulu is refusing to sign a new deal raising fears that he might leave the Lali Lubani Boys at the expiry of his contract by the end of this month.

It will be a big blow for the Nomads to let go their marksman who scored the consolation goal in the derby defeat.

Ng’onamo might start to experiment life without Nyangulu who has been linked with a move to Mozambique so dropping him this weekend won’t come as a surprise.

In the absence of Nyangulu, Ng’onamo might partner new signings Chiukepo Msowoya and Muhammad Sulumba upfront with Vitumbiko Kumwenda and Isaac Kaliati performing the supply duties from the wings.

As for TN, life won’t be easy this season having lost a majority of last season’s top performers including head coach Joseph Malizani who has joined Sable Farming and facing Mighty Wanderers away at this early stage is something they would have fancied.

At Silver Stadium, last season’s runners up Silver Strikers welcome newcomers Rumphi United with both teams coming from 1-0 defeats against Red Lions and Dedza Dynamos respectively.

Silver were stunned by Red Lions at Balaka Stadium in a game the Bankers should have won having created a majority of goal scoring opportunities but the area 47 side were wasteful in front of goal.

Head Coach Daniel Kabwe will have to deploy his best arsenal in the first eleven having come under criticism last weekend for dropping pre-season new catch Chawanangwa Kaonga.

As for Gilbert Chirwa and his new boys, facing Silver away in Week Two looks like a David vs Goliath affair as his charges are yet to acclimatise to life in the top flight league.  

And at Balaka Stadium, Red Lions welcome Karonga United in a fixture that pits together two teams with contrasting fortunes from the opening weekend.

While the Lions come into the match with confidence after their 1-0 win over Silver Strikers, Karonga on the other end had a weekend to forget after they were demolished 1-3 at home by Kamuzu Barracks.

Lions coach Mike Kumanga is likely to stick with the first eleven that did the damage against Silver  although substitute Paul Kansungwi was a marvel to watch.  

For Karonga who finished fifth last season and made it clear at the start of this season that the intention is to win the league this season, these are the kind of matches they must start winning if that ambition of taking the title to Karonga is to materialise.

Saturday finishes with a clash between Moyale Barracks against Civo at Mzuzu Stadium.

The Lions of Kaning’ina had a bad outing last weekend going down 0-1 to Tigers FC while Civo started the season on a high baptising newcomers Sable 2-0 at Civo stadium.

While Moyale will be looking forward to recover from that defeat, Civo on the other end will be aiming to carry forward that impressive opening weekend performance.

It’s a battle of two former teammates as Civo Head Coach Franco Ndawa faces his former Lions teammate Pritchrad Mwansa who is now Moyale Head Coach.

Action continues on Sunday as Blue Eagles welcome Rumphi United at Nankhaka Stadium. The Eagles started the season on a high winning 0-1 away to MAFCO. It is a result that will instil confidence in a team that was fighting relegation last season and needed a final day win to survive the chop from the top flight league.

At Civo Stadium, table toppers Kamuzu Barracks welcome Azam Tigers. This is an interesting fixture as any result will see either of the 2 sides drop points for the first time this season as both teams come into this match having won their opening fixtures.

Elsewhere at Balaka Stadium, debutants Dedza Dynamos play host to Karonga United while at Mzuzu Stadium Ekwendeni Hammers welcome MAFCO FC.

Week Two action concludes with a fixture that will see new Sable Farming Coach Joseph Malizani facing his former employers as his side faces TN Stars at Chiwembe Stadium.

Pic: Ark Tembo (File Photo)

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