Manchester United appoint Solskjaer as caretaker manager until end of season

Manchester United have named former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the season, a day after sacking Jose Mourinho. The BBC reports that 45-year-old Solskjaer, who spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final, has accepted the challenge to take over with United sixth in the Premier League. “Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” the Norwegian…

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Two MDF teams face the chop from top flight TNM Super League

By Duncan Mlanjira With just a game each to wrap up their final matches of the 2018 TNM Super League, either Moyale Barracks or Red Lions might join fellow Malawi Defence Force team Mafco FC as teams to be relegated this season. Technically, with still one match to go before the close of the season, Mafco FC are relegated together with Nchalo United, who are right at the bottom with 17 points from 30 matches in which they won…

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Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho after Liverpool defeat

Manchester United have sacked José Mourinho following Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool, ending a tenure that began in May 2016, UK’s The Guardian online news web reported on Tuesday, December 18. A poor start to the Premier League season has seen United slip 19 points behind the leaders, Liverpool and fall off the pace in the hunt for a top-four place, reports The Guardian. They have won only once in six league matches, drawing during that sequence with struggling Southampton…

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Kumwamba back from Dubai Ultra-marathon; Forced to pull out for last phase due to injury

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi’s international mountain trail race specialist, Edson Kumwamba returned home on Monday from Dubai where he participated in the Al Marmoom Ultra-marathon, which is dubbed the world’s longest desert ultra-run at 270km, and he says he had bitter-sweet experience as he had to pull out of the race in the last phase due to swollen feet. “The first day was the stretch of 50km and I came 6th. The second day in 70km I was on…

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All set Malawi Chess national tourney in Lilongwe

By Duncan Mlanjira Chess players across the country are eagerly awaiting to showcase their wits this weekend during the National Chess Championship scheduled at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe from December 21-23. Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) publicity secretary said the players are eager for the showdown having not had Chessam sponsored local tournament this year. “Registration still in progress but we expect 100 or more players to participate and we also expect the participation of the four juniors players…

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Junior chess squad represents Malawi well at African Schools Individual Championship

A squad of five players arrived back from Limpopo, South Africa on Thursday evening where they represented Malawi well at the African Schools Individual Chess Championships. After 9 rounds of games from Thursday, December 6 up to Wednesday, December 12, Lakshita Dutt amassed 4 points in under-11 girls, Priyasha Shriyan Also had 4 points in under-13 girls, Blessings Kamanga had 3 points in under-17 boys, Janet Basikolo scored 2 points in under-15 girls while Dakshesh Dutt had 1.5 points…

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Egypt, South Africa poised to replace Cameroon as 2019 AFCON hosts

Egypt and South Africa are reported to have applied bids to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals to replace Cameroon which was stripped of the right to stage the tournament last week by Confederation of African Football (CAF). CAF stripped off the rights to host the tournament citing behind-schedule preparations and security concerns following violent insurgency in parts of that country. South African Football Association (SAFA) spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi is quoted by AFP news agency as…

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Football Journalists Association shifts official launch to December 29

By Duncan Mlanjira Newly-formed Football Journalists Association (FJA) that aims at promoting and maintaining a high professional standard among journalists who specialise in football, have shifted its official launch from December 22 to December 29 and the venue still remains in Mangochi. Interim president Joy Ndovi of Nations Publications says following concerns from various stakeholders including his executive committee members trustees, the launch has been shifted because it coincides with three events; the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) summit,…

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Malawi Chess Association introduces membership fee for players

By Duncan Mlanjira Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) has announced that it has introduced an annual membership fee for all local chess players resident in Malawi and abroad, as a pre-requisite to participate in any tournament or activity organized or administered by Chessam or its affiliate leagues of the North (NRCL), Centre (CRCL) and the South (SRCL). A statement from Chessam General Secretary Leonard Sharra says according to a resolution of the Chessam Executive Committee meeting held in Lilongwe…

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Malawi Chess Association invites applicants for post of administrative officer for newly-established Lilongwe secretariat

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) is moving in high places by establishing a secretariat in Lilongwe and is inviting highly motivated and qualified individuals to apply for the post of administrative officer. A circular released by general secretary Leonard Sharra says the successful candidate will be engaged on a six-month contract but renewable basing on performance. Reporting to the general secretary, the administrative officer shall be responsible for looking after Chessam assets and providing regular…

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