The party is over. Yesterday we wrapped up the 2011/2012 TNM Super League season, now weekends will be long and boring for those of us who are so passionate about the game of football.
It's been an industrious season indeed and we have seen football action that was a mixture of the finest and the most awful.
We have seen football officiation that left spectators wondering whether it was sheer lack of the knowledge of the laws of the game or pure match fixing or just mediocrity.
But then that's just part of the game in which a small fraction of human error is expected as the men in black will always argue.
Sadly, it's also been a season when coaches that found the going tough discovered the best alibi for losing a game should be bad officiation.
Nevertheless, we still enjoyed the action and the emotional outbursts.
The fact that three teams were in the title race up to the very end of the season speaks volumes on the level of competition.
The middle of the table also shows that there was a stiff battle for points. Who knew that Bullets FC would just be head above water?
There were no underdogs in the just ended season.
Teams like Mafco, Epac United, Tigers FC and Blantyre United gladly made life difficult for the giants.
Epac have shown how good organisation and management of a team can bring results.
The Lilongwe side once tested Super League action some years ago. It was disastrous.
They donated points willy-nilly and ended up getting relegated.
This time they learned their lesson and boy they were no pushovers. They deserve to be the most improved side of the season.
Army teams didn't impressive me. After finishing on position three last season I expected Moyale to fight for the title.
Red Lions and Mafco were disappointing. Mafco started very well dominating the top of the table for a while. How they messed up the campaign I can't comprehend.
Civo can be very annoying sometimes. The civil servants were my favourites to win the title. But how they crashed out of the title race is inexplicable.
I don't understand how Alex Masanjala could let his boys get whipped by relegated Zomba United!
It's sad the Zomba based outfit will be playing in the lower league. They were a marvel to watch, but lacked consistence.
Cobbe can't blame anyone for their predicament. They still rely on players they have been using for the past seven years! What did they expect?
Embangweni had the potential to defend their status but sadly they were good at fighting battles not worth dying for.
Instead of concentrating on their game, they ended up fighting everyone. Two abandoned games in a season? That's a record.
Now they are blaming their exit in the league on Sulom! Come on you can't be serious!
Out of the 15 teams in the Super League why would Sulom victimise the Mzimba based side and for what gain?
Bullets and Wanderers learned a bitter lesson when they were fined and banned at Kamuzu Stadium due to such unsportsman behaviour.
All in all, the 2012 season has been a very electrifying and we look forward to another exciting 2012/2013 season in the next four months.
Lessons have been learned and those that wish to do well next season will start planning now.