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Clubs cry foul over kick-off

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Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has come under attack after releasing 2022 TNM Super League partial fixture which does not have venues for seven games in the first two weeks.

Sulom released the fixture on Sunday night and it shows that champions Nyasa Big Bullets will meet rivals Mighty Wanderers to officially open the stage at Kamuzu Stadium.

However, some clubs are unhappy for different reasons including the absence of annual general meeting (AGM) prior to the kick-off.

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Civil Service United General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula said they were puzzled to learn that they would host debutants Sable Farming and yet the fixture does not indicate the venue.

“Our ground did not pass club licencing standards but we cannot play away when the fixture shows that we are at home. We are hopeful that our ground will pass the test during another round of tests.

“However, our major concern is on teams being given one away match instead of two. I think we are still not at the level of European teams who have more resources and can fly long to fulfill a match. We will engage Sulom on this,” Chiwaula said.

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Similarly, Blue Eagles Chairperson Alexander Ngwala expressed concern over Sulom’s failure to indicate venues for some games.

“Planning will be a major challenge this time. We don’t know where we will play and how much we need for accommodation, transport and food. This is disturbing. We are not happy and will officially lodge an official complaint with Sulom,” Ngwala said.

Silver Strikers Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali said Sulom should have called for an AGM first.

“We have about three teams, namely Sable Farming, Rumphi United and Dedza Dynamos, who need to be oriented. We also have other issues like broadcastings rights and the 2021 financial report. We can’t go into the new season without tackling these issues,” Chimbali said.

Sulom President Tiya Somba-Banda referred Times Sport to the body’s general secretary Williams Banda, who did not respond to our questionnaire.

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