By: Andrew Cane Chilapondwa
Super League of Malawi (Sulom)’ appeals committee has ruled that the promotion play offs to identify the 16th team in the league should go ahead as planned.
This follows a meeting which Sulom’s appeals committee was hearing Dedza Young Soccer’ grievances as per demanded by Lilongwe High Court Judge Charles Mkandawire.
Represented by General Secretary Harold M’mora, Legal Advisor Williams Nkhoma and Chairperson Blessings Shaba, Dedza waited patiently as they waited for the outcome of the meeting.
During the meeting, which was chaired by Davis Sado, it was discovered that Sulom executive was given all the mandate to decide the format to use in identifying the 16th team by affiliates during an Extra Ordinary General Meeting held on 14th November 2015.
Before coming up with the play offs decision, Sulom held another meeting on 19th February 2016 where a resolution was made to have the three teams battle it out for an automatic place in the Super League through the play offs.
The appeals committee then has ruled that Sulom correctly made the decision by using their Constitution and the Rules and Regulations that give the body powers to deal with issues of promotion and relegation vested in Sulom’s executive committee.
The committee has demanded Sulom to continue with the play offs by including Dedza Young Soccer. Sulom has also been told that results between Wizards FC and Airborne Rangers will still stand as the injunction was served after the match.
The appeals committee has ordered Dedza Young Soccer to vacate the injunction within the stipulated time frames before the play offs are scheduled.
Sulom has also been told to take full responsibility of the two teams that already travelled to the venue of the play offs for the first game before the injunction was served.
Sulom’s decision to conduct the play offs did not go well with Dedza Young Soccer who lodged a complaint with the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) against the conduct of Sulom in dealing with the said appeal. The FA then gave Dedza a cold shoulder, forcing the team to obtain a Court injunction restraining Sulom from proceeding with the play offs.
Sulom failed to vacate the order as Dedza filed an inter parties application with the High Court seeking to extend the said Order of injunction and succeeded when Justice Mkandawire ordered Sulom to hear the plaintiff’s side and determine the appeal previously lodged by Dedza before proceeding with the play offs.