Blantyre is Malawis centre of finance and commerce, and its second largest city, with an estimated 1,068,681 inhabitants as of 2015. It is sometimes referred to as the commercial and industrial capital of Malawi as opposed to the political capital and it is the capital of the countrys Southern Region as well as the Blantyre District. The Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, the state broadcaster and the provider of one of Malawis television channels, has its headquarters in Blantyre. The Supreme Court is located here, the city houses the College of Medicine, the Malawi Polytechnic and the Kamuzu College of Nursing, constituent colleges of the University of Malawi. The Malawi College of Accountancy is also headquartered there, Blantyre supports a small expatriate population of about 25,000, mainly from the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe, and South Africa. Blantyre was founded in 1876 through the work of the Church of Scotland. It was named after Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, birthplace of the explorer David Livingstone, blantyres historical importance is rivaled by no other Malawian city. It became a British consular in 1883 and attained municipality status by 1895, by the time it was World War I, Blantyre was diverse with people from Africans from neighboring districts as well as South Asian traders. Blantyre is one of the oldest urban centre in east, central and southern Africa, it predates Nairobi, Harare and Johannesburg, hence has the longest historic, the Chichiri Museum is next to the Civic Centre offices at Chichiri and constitutes a valuable asset of the city. The citys status as Malawis centre of commerce and industry began through its role as a centre for trade in ivory. Thus, Blantyre quickly established itself as a crossroads for trade in Southern Africa, today the city is Malawis main manufacturing core including shoe manufacturing, corn milling, brewing, soft drink production, baking, printing, and tobacco manufacturing. As a result of the establishment of large operations, easy accessibility and flat topography, Limbe experienced a development boom of Indian wholesale. By 1910 Limbe town surpassed Blantyre town, low- and medium-density housing for the European and Asian staff was in Mpingwe, ITG and Mudi in Limbe and in Mount Pleasant, Sunnyside, Namiwawa, Kabula and Mandala in Blantyre. The Indian shops included accommodation at the rear or on top floor, high-density housing for the African workforce was far away except the Chiwembe compound in Limbe. Blantyre is named after the town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, livingstones missionary endeavours saw the establishment of the St Michael and All Angels church. The church dates from 1891 and was built by a team of local workmen with no knowledge of European architecture or building techniques. Urban development was stimulated by the construction of the railway. In 1956 it was merged with its city, Limbe
Forward (association football)
Forwards are the players on an association football team who play nearest to the opposing teams goal, and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals. Their advanced position and limited defensive responsibilities mean forwards normally score more goals on behalf of their team than other players, modern team formations generally include one to three forwards, for example, the common 4–2–3–1 formation includes one forward. Unconventional formations may include more than three forwards, or none, the centre-forward is often a tall player, typically known as a target man, whose main function is to score the majority of goals on behalf of the team. Most modern centre-forwards operate in front of the strikers or central attacking midfielders. The present role of centre-forward is sometimes interchangeable with that of an attacking midfielder, a centre-forward usually must be strong, to win key headers and outmuscle defenders. The term centre-forward is taken from the football playing formation in which there were five forward players. The number would become synonymous with the centre-forward position. Strikers are known for their ability to peel off defenders and to run into space via the side of the defender and to receive the ball in a good goalscoring position. They are typically fast players with ball control and dribbling abilities. More agile strikers like Michael Owen have an advantage over taller defenders due to their short burst speed, a good striker should be able to shoot confidently with either foot, possess great power and accuracy, and have the ability to pass the ball under pressure in breakaway situations. Deep-lying forwards have a history in the game, but the terminology to describe their playing activity has varied over the years. Originally such players were termed inside forwards, creative or deep-lying centre-forwards, in fact, a coined term, the nine-and-a-half, has been an attempt to become a standard in defining the position. In Italy, this role is known as a rifinitore or seconda punta, whereas in Brazil, it is known as segundo atacante. An outside forward plays as the forward on the right or left wing – as an outside right or outside left. As football tactics have largely developed, and wingers have dropped back to become midfielders, many commentators and football analysts still refer to the wing positions as outside right and outside left. However, in the British game they are counted as part of the midfield. It is a duty to beat opposing full-backs, deliver cut-backs or crosses from wide positions and, to a lesser extent, to beat defenders. They are usually some of the quickest players in the team, in their Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese usage, the defensive duties of the winger have been usually confined to pressing the opposition fullbacks when they have the ball
Manzini Wanderers F.C.
Manzini Wanderers is a Swazi soccer club based in Manzini. It is one of the oldest premier league teams in the kingdom of Swaziland, Swazi Premier League,61983,1985,1987,1999,2002,2003. Swazi Charity Cup,32002,2003,2005, Swazi Trade Fair Cup,61984,1985,1986,1993,1996,2000. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Malawi national football team
The Malawi national football team, nicknamed The Flames, is the national team of Malawi and is controlled by the Football Association of Malawi. Before 1966 they were known as the Nyasaland national football team and they have never qualified for the World Cup finals, and have twice reached the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. Their best performance was winning the medal at the 1987 All-Africa Games. COSAFA Cup,2 Times Runners-up 1 Time Plate Winners CECAFA Cup,3 Times Champion 3 Times Runners-up All Africa Games,1 Third Place Matches in last 12 months, the following players were called for 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Benin on 20 July 2014. Caps and goals correct as of 21 July 2014, Football Association of Malawi official website Malawi at FIFA. com
Free State Stars F.C.
Free State Stars is a South African football club based in Bethlehem, Free State that plays in the Premier Soccer League. Founded in 1977 in a village of Makwane in an area then known as QwaQwa. The team won the cup in 1994 with Bunene Ngaduane leading the scoring charts. To avoid fixture congestion the clubs franchise was sold to the Premier Soccer League in 2002, the following year, Mike Mokoena revived the club as he bought and renamed the franchise of National First Division side Maholosiane. FS Stars managed to regain their Premiership status in 2005 after winning the Mvela Golden League, after a disappointing season in the top-flight, with the first team finishing bottom of the table, the club was relegated. The 2007–08 season however proved to be a success with Stars dominating the First Division. They also managed to win the inaugural Baymed Cup in December 2006 beating FC AK in the final, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, in the South African PSL, only five non-South African nationals can be registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals, namibians born before 1990 can be registered as South Africans
Mochudi Centre Chiefs SC
Mochudi Centre Chiefs Sporting Club are a professional football club based in Gaborone, Botswana, who play in the Botswana Premier League, the highest level of Botswana football. Founded in 1972, Mochudi Centre Chiefs is the club in Botswana that originates from a village that have one the Botswana Premier League. The club gained international recognition since 2007 after winning the premier league, the team originates from Mochudi a large village on the outskirts of Gaborone. The club have enjoyed their greatest period of success in the past decade, Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ home kit colours are jet black and pearl white, while away colours are ruby red and pearl white. Mochudi Centre Chiefs has been owned by the Jamali and Letshwiti families, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Head coach Mike Sithole Beston Chambeshi Mike Sithole Rahman Gumbo Dragojlo Stanojlović Mike Sithole Fans Website
Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, Malawi is over 118,000 km2 with an estimated population of 16,777,547. Its capital is Lilongwe, which is also Malawis largest city, the second largest is Blantyre, the third is Mzuzu, the name Malawi comes from the Maravi, an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area. The country is also nicknamed The Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi is among the smallest countries in Africa. Lake Malawi takes about a third of Malawis area, the area of Africa now known as Malawi was settled by migrating Bantu groups around the 10th century. Centuries later in 1891 the area was colonised by the British, in 1953 Malawi, then known as Nyasaland, a protectorate of the United Kingdom, became a protectorate within the semi-independent Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. The Federation was dissolved in 1963, in 1964 the protectorate over Nyasaland was ended and Nyasaland became an independent country under Queen Elizabeth II with the new name Malawi. Two years later it became a republic, upon gaining independence it became a one-party state under the presidency of Hastings Banda, who remained president until 1994, when he lost an election. Arthur Peter Mutharika is the current president, Malawi has a democratic, multi-party government. The country has a Malawian Defence Force that includes an army, a navy, Malawi is among the worlds least-developed countries. The economy is based in agriculture, with a largely rural population. The Malawian government depends heavily on aid to meet development needs. The Malawian government faces challenges in building and expanding the economy, improving education, healthcare, environmental protection, Malawi has a low life expectancy and high infant mortality. There is a prevalence of HIV/AIDS, which is a drain on the labour force. There is a population of native peoples, Asians and Europeans, with several languages spoken. Although there was periodic regional conflict fuelled in part by ethnic divisions in the past, by 2008 it had diminished considerably and the concept of a Malawian nationality had re-emerged. The area of Africa now known as Malawi had a small population of hunter-gatherers before waves of Bantu peoples began emigrating from the north around the 10th century. Although most of the Bantu peoples continued south, some remained permanently, by 1500 AD, the tribes had established the Kingdom of Maravi that reached from north of what is now Nkhotakota to the Zambezi River and from Lake Malawi to the Luangwa River in what is now Zambia
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established, phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England