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Clubs speak out on Dedza Young Soccer impasse

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Super League clubs have called on Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to sit down with Dedza Young Soccer and resolve issues surrounding identification of a 16th team to join the elite league.

Nyasa Big Bullets Chairperson, Sam Chilunga, said he feared that the court battles may further delay the kick-off of the new season. Dedza obtained a Lilongwe High Court injunction against the promotion play-offs.

“The present scenario is not helping matters in any way. It is football that will end up on the losing side,” cautioned Chilunga, fearing that the 16th team will not have enough time to prepare for the new season.

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Be Forward Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, said it was possible that there is a misunderstanding on the matter because, what was discussed at the November meeting, was meant for the new season.

“You do not change the rules of a competition when it is already in progress. The relegation procedures we adopted were meant for the end of the 2016 season and not the 2015 season,” Butao explained.

Azam Tigers Chairperson, Sydney Chikoti, recalled that delegates to the November meeting mandated Sulom executive to look at the modalities of relegation and promotion of teams and report back.

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“What went wrong is that the executive did not meet before the season ended. We empowered them to meet in good time to agree on how teams will be promoted and relegated,” Chikoti stated.

Dedza claim that the Sulom meeting agreed to relegate two teams and promote three.

The club wrote Sulom, protesting against the play-off, but when Sulom put its foot down the club sought the intervention of Fam, which remained aloof. The team eventually obtained the injunction to effectively halt the three-day playoffs.

The court ruled on Tuesday that Sulom did not hear out Dedza and that the league had no grounds to vacate the injunction. The season is scheduled to commence on April 16.

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