The start of the 2022 TNM Super League season has been thrown into turmoil after 14 clubs asked Super League of Malawi to call for an annual general meeting (AGM) before the season commences on Saturday.
They are also calling on Sulom to account for broadcasting rights revenue between 2017 and 2021 and indicate whether the season will kick off without players and officials being tested for Covid.
The clubs, led by giants Nyasa Big Bullets, Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers, held a joint press briefing Wednesday at the People’s Team offices in Blantyre.
Wanderers Secretary to the Board Humphreys Mvula, Silver Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Thoko Chimbali and his Bullets counterpart Suzgo Nyirenda attended the press briefing before a Mighty Tigers official joined them.
Chimbali claimed that they had the blessings of 14 clubs whereas two teams were unreachable to give their consent.
The Silver CEO said if Sulom did not call for the AGM, a vote of no confidence would follow.
“We have given them two days to call for an AGM; otherwise, we will call for an Extra General Meeting where we will remove them,” he said.
Chimbali further claimed that some clubs were owed monies amounting to between K200 million and K400 million.
“We have realised this during our deliberations as clubs. Television Broadcastings Rights revenue depends on the number of games which have been beamed,” he said.
Nyirenda said the clubs had been duped for many years and that it was time to bring sanity into broadcasting rights issues
“We were asleep because we didn’t know how to go about it and now we have waken-up. We, as clubs, were not serious. We gave Sulom the mandate but broadcasting rights are ours. There are two things; we have individual and collective selling of rights. We gave Sulom collective selling of rights to help us. However, Sulom has not been forthcoming on TV rights revenue since 2017,” he said.
On his part, Mvula said the clubs would not be tricked by the alleged broadcasting rights meeting which Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has called for.
“Where were they (Fam) all this time? We will not be hoodwinked by this because we are affiliated to Super League of Malawi,” he said.
The trio claimed that the clubs were working in unity and would not betray each other by honouring fixtures when they plan to boycott.
Mvula said, depending on Sulom’s response the clubs could reconsider their position.
“If some clubs will report for duties then it will be a collective decision. Everything will depend on Sulom’s part,” he said.
Sulom General Secretary Williams Banda said they were unaware of the clubs’ move.
“We can’t say anything because we haven’t been communicated to. We do not know anything regarding the press briefing. As it is, the league will kick off on Saturday,” Banda said.
The new season is set to kick off this weekend, with champions Nyasa Big Bullets hosting arch-rivals Mighty Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.