By: Andrew Cane Chilapondwa
Lilongwe High Court Judge Justice Charles Mkandawire is expected to rule whether to vacate Court Injunction obtained by Dedza Young Soccer (DYS) against the decision by Super League of Malawi (Sulom) to have promotion playoffs to identify a 16th team in the TNM Premier League for the upcoming season or not. This ruling is expected to be made on Thursday.
Last week, Sulom through its legal team, failed to vacate the injunction as DYS defended the order saying it was justified for them to obtain the injunction because the procedure to host the playoffs was out of line.
The move forced Sulom to postpone the play offs as efforts to remove the restraining order proved futile as Justice Mkandawire refused to bow down to the demands of the top flight administrators.
However, interparty hearing between the involved parties will take place on Thursday, which will determine the future of the playoffs.
Contrary to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) article 67, football issues are not supposed to be taken to an ordinary court but the mother body cannot act now as the issue is still in the hands of the court.
Dedza General Secretary Harold Mola defended the decision saying his side was let down by the Country’s FA.
“FAM is the country’s football mother body but they were unwilling to assist us as a result, we obtained the injunction because we had nowhere else to go. We are just the victims here but the truth cannot be hidden forever, one day, it will come out,” he said.
If Sulom succeeds in vacating the injunction this week, playoffs might go ahead, with Wizards FC in poll position to remain in the league as they registered a 2-1 victory over Airborne Rangers before the injunction was served by the plaintiffs.