By: The Malawi Star
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has justified reasons behind the decision to have three relegated teams battle it out in play offs for a place in the 2016 Premier Super League.
Airborne Rangers, Dedza Young Soccer, Wizards FC got relegated from the top flight last season after finishing in the bottom three of the league.
According to Sulom’s Article 16, three bottom teams are demoted back into the lower league, with top three teams from the second tier joining the league.
But before the end of last season, teams proposed to have 16 teams as compared to the current 15, a decision which was later adopted by Sulom. However, the Super
League administrators remain coy on the mechanism to be used in identifying the 16th team from a league which relegates three teams back to the lower leagues.
However, the body introduced play offs, a move which left soccer loving Malawians with more questions than answers.
This has forced Sulom to justify the move saying justice had to be done.
“That was the only way to ensure that justice was done. We could not just allow one team to remain in the league yet all the three teams finished in the bottom three.
“These play offs will only take place this year because we want to find the 16th team and we are very sure that by the end of the day, Premier Super League will have 16 teams,” said Sulom general secretary, Williams Banda. Many soccer pundits have blasted Sulom for not coming up with the decision in a very good time.
A lot of soccer experts expected Sulom to let Dedza play in the top flight as they finished level on points with Mzuni FC but lagged behind on goal difference.