I haven't been to many Super League games this season. However, from the few I have watched it is clear that youthful players are displaying good football.
Blantyre United have emerged as a surprise club competing for the Super League crown. They are currently perched on second position with 42 points from 24 games.
If they win all their last four games they will finish with 54 points, one point less than Civo United who could finish with 55 if they win their remaining six games. Civo have 37 points from 22 games.
A close look at the cast of these two teams shows a common feature in that they comprise young players.
Blantyre United has the likes of Sunday Kayang'ana, Tizgowere Kumwenda, Jimmy Chikulekule, Brown Mizeya, Thoko Stambuli who are all new names in football. Civo United also have the same outlook of youth in their fold.
I am forced to conclude that the success Blantyre United and Civo are enjoying at the moment is the triumph of youth over old players.
The advantage of using young players is that they are full of energy and are always hungry for glory because they have never won anything in their lives.
The other advantage is that young players are impressionable; that is, they can easily get instructions and implement them on the pitch.
Unlike old players who are rigid and easily tear their ligaments, young players have flexible legs as such they cannot easily get injured so they are always available for selection.
In no way do I purport to downplay the significance of experience over youthful exuberance but young players have more to offer when blended well with the old players.
Blantyre United are playing good football this season because the team is made up of young players who are full of energy. When they play, their passing game makes opposition players look like cones on a training ground.
They have a brave and young coach in Elia Kananji who is willing to stake youthful players over old and experienced players and it is a gamble that is paying off. He has drilled the youngsters with a work ethic and discipline that other teams have found tough to undo.
The reasoning is if the young players are not given game time, then where will they get the experience which the old players have?
Kananji is not the only one applying this philosophy in football because elsewhere in the world that is what coaches are doing.
That is why Manchester United loaned Daniel Welbeck to Sunderland to have game time and he came back a lethal finisher. Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge was loaned to Bolton and he is now a revelation. The young players need games to show and develop their talent.
National team coach Kinnah Phiri must borrow a leaf from Kananji in applying this philosophy. He must get rid of the old players who so far have run out of steam and ideas.
The failed 2012 Africa Cup of Nations campaign is a good example of how old guards can fail you because they easily get tired and concede late goals the way it happened in Chad.
Clever coaches always think ahead. Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is a good example of this philosophy. Guardiola is already grooming new Xavis and Iniestas in the shape of Thiago Alcantara and Jonathan dos Santos Ramírez.
When he arrived he laid off the likes of Deco and Ronaldihno and in their places he inserted youthful players like Pedro and Busquets and look at what these youngsters have achieved with the club.
This is not a lesson to Kinnah only but to the other coaches who are struggling in the Super League, I say try the youngsters.