By Andrew Cane Chilapondwa
The hopes of Super League of Malawi (Sulom) vacate a Court Injunction obtained by Dedza Young Soccer in protest against the body’s decision to have promotion playoffs for the 16th team in the top tier has heat a snag following Judge Justice Charles Mkandawire’s ruling to extend the hearing till Tuesday next week.
According to information sourced by The Malawi Star, the interparty hearing involving Dedza and Sulom failed to materialize as the Judge said the matter was not handled in a fair manner by Sulom.
Sulom argued that article 47 of Football Association of Malawi (FAM) statutes prohibit its affiliates in taking football matters to a Conventional Court.
However, Justice Mkandawire rebuffed Sulom by telling all the involved parties that the Court will proceed with the hearing to determine the legality of Sulom’s decision.
Sulom has since failed to vacate the restraining order as the Court adjourned the judgment of whether to vacate the injunction or not while proceeding with the hearing of the case next Tuesday.
Efforts to speak to Sulom officials proved futile as their telephone lines went unanswered. Dedza took football issues to Court following FAM and Sulom’s failure to hear their complaints before proceeding with conducting the promotion playoffs a week ago.
The plaintiffs claim that they deserve an automatic place into the top flight as they finished 13th on the log with 29 points in the just ended season. As it is, the future of the playoffs remains uncertain.