TNM Super League debutants Ekwendeni Hammers have asked the league’s administrators to consider shifting their game against Mighty Wanderers to Saturday from tomorrow.
However, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) insists the game will still take place tomorrow at Kamuzu Stadium.
In a letter dated September 27 2021, Ekwendeni call for fair play by changing the fixture to face Wanderers on Saturday and then take on Mafco and Silver Strikers the other weekend.
“We refer to your communication that came through in the late evening of 26th September 2021 in which you have fixed Ekwendeni Hammers to play Wanderers in Blantyre on 29th September 2021 [tomorrow] and continue the marathon to play Mafco and Silver on Saturday and Sunday, respectively,” reads the letter signed by Ekwendeni General Secretary Benjamin Thole.
“It is impossible for us to get ready just in half a day. Such a long distance requires mobilising resources and, indeed, the team properly preparing for the encounter. The fixture for the weekend which is against Mafco and Silver in Lilongwe literally means, from Blantyre, the team will not be able to travel back to Mzuzu and go to Lilongwe within such a short period. We feel this is not fair considering that this week we were put on bay.”
Ekwendeni also sympathised with Sulom on league calendar but still called for fairness.
“We are aware you are pressured to complete the league and also the inconvenience coming with national team engagements. We however believe that football administration embraces the spirit of fairness and we think the fixture is totally unfair to Ekwendeni just for the sake of fulfilling the games. Please be reminded that we want to compete and not just to participate. It is our desire to go into Top 8,” the letter adds.
Sulom General Secretary Williams Banda said they expected Ekwendeni to honour tomorrow’s fixture.
“The fixture committee came up with a resolution which all parties must adhere to in-line with the regulation. If we follow that, then each and every team will be raising similar arguments then we will be in chaos. Red Lions is doing the same. They are playing in Kasungu and then travelling to Chitipa, which we are similar conditions.