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1st round was mixed bag—Sulom

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Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has described the just-ended first round of the TNM Super League as a mixed bag of good and sad moments.

Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, said while the bigger picture is that of a successful round, there were areas that need improvement.

He cited juju beliefs among competing teams, violence in some games and communication breakdown between officiating personnel and teams during matches.

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“These are grey areas that we need to work on as we head into the second-round. We will sit down with all stakeholders in the game to map out the best strategies of ending such unfortunate occurrences,” Banda said.

He also condemned some teams that deploy deliberate delaying tactics when they are leading in a match, saying such tendencies are not welcome in the game.

Banda said another low point of the first-round was the uncertainty that surrounding the sponsorship of the league, which was cleared when TNM announced a return to bankrolling it.

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“We also had the challenge of running the league in line with cup tournaments and national team engagements. But it is pleasing that at last, the job has been done,” he explained.

On a positive note, Banda said competition in the league was stiff with seven players registering hat-tricks.

“We had 294 goals scored by the end of the first-round last season, but this year, we had 268. This means that teams worked hard on their defending to concede less goals.

“Last season’s first-round winners, Blue Eagles finished their games at 32 points while this season, Be Forward Wanderers have won the first-round with 35 points.

“We congratulate them [Wanderers] alongside Silver Strikers, who finished the first-round as the only unbeaten team,” Banda said, adding that they want the season to end before the rainy season.

Banda said it was important to conclude the season before rains intensify because most pitches across the country cannot host matches under such conditions.

The second-round kick-off means that Nyasa Big Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers, Silver Strikers and Azam Tigers will have no break as they were in action last weekend.

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