We need a breather from those boring draws


This weekend football lovers will drift their attention away from those usual boring stories of goalless draws by our national soccer teams under the tutelage of expatriate Coach Ronny van Geneugden (RVG) to something lively.

Whoever has been reading the football scripts about the senior national soccer team and the under-20 draws certainly deserves something better and entertaining.

It is a fact that the much-talked about football philosophy by our most pampered expatriate coach is proving to be a greatest tragedy to Malawi football.


It is not an overstatement to suggest that RVG stands on the threshold of writing another special shameful chapter to his little known football autobiography.

Lest he forget that he was employed to do a good job, and in coaching good coaches are judged by results, which unfortunately are not coming.

To be brutally honest, RVG reminds me of Stephen Constantine, one of the worst expatriate coaches we have ever employed.


Constantine was another talentless coach who knew nothing about the game apart from telling the press well crafted quotations that made the papers interesting to read.

Our esteemed administrators at Mpira House, who have been bankrolling these tragic moments, need to come back to their senses and do the needful before our football is damaged beyond redemption.

Any way, the centre of focus for all football lovers will be on the Fam Charity Shield in Lilongwe at Bingu National Stadium ahead of the Super League season kick-off next week.

Football lovers are expecting nothing but a roller coaster action as the country’s top clubs do battle in the capital.

Be Forward Wanderers, champions of the TNM Super League, date third-placed Silver Strikers while Carlsberg Cup champions Nyasa Big Bullets will be up in arms with Kamuzu Barracks. Winners progress to the final that will be played tomorrow.

This is the first time that Fam has organised a Charity Shield to be competed for by the four teams and we are hoping for an excellent organisation.

Experience has shown that such blockbuster showdowns are always spoiled by some few wayward individuals masquerading as referees.

The referees sometimes disregard their professional code of conduct like Judas Iscariot, who foolishly sold his value of loyalty to Jesus Christ for pieces of shekels.

Last season, we had numerous crazy stories about referees’ bribery that put the beautiful game, as christened by Brazilian legendary footballer Pele, into disrepute. We hope the 2018 season will be different.

It is my prayer that this madness will not take its toll again on our four esteemed teams as they do battle this weekend.

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