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Fam dares Big bullets

Only Fam, Sulom mandated to sell broadcasting rights

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Alfred Gunda

The wrangle surrounding television broadcasting rights took a new twist Monday as Football Association of Malawi (Fam) came to the defence of Super League of Malawi (Sulom), saying Nyasa Big Bullets are not mandated to sell broadcasting rights.

Fam has been forced to add its voice to the matter as Bullets indicated that they would be selling TV Rights on their own after getting frustrated by Sulom’s failure to pay teams revenue collected from the initiative.

The association’s general secretary Alfred Gunda said no club including Bullets could handle or manage TV rights on their own.

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“Rules are clear. It is only Fam and Sulom who can handle and manage broadcasting rights issues. I was very surprised to hear Bullets Chief Executive Officer, who has vast experience in football administration, saying that they will be selling broadcasting rights on their own.

“Let us be practical here; who manages rights in the DStv Premiership in South Africa or the Premier League in England? Have you ever heard that a club is handling or managing broadcasting rights? As Fam, we can’t allow that,” Gunda said.

However, Bullets CEO Suzgo Nyirenda maintained his stand on the rights, saying Sulom and Fam are entities who are harvesting where they did not sow.

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“We will stop them; all we need is having a collective responsibility on the matter. Sulom has been collecting money from broadcasting rights since 2017 but, to date, no single tambala has been remitted to any team. How do we expect teams like Karonga United and Ekwendeni Hammers to survive? I will not rest until we all win this battle,” Nyirenda said.

Last week, Nyirenda told Times Sports, that Sulom officials had been dodging him each time he wanted to enquire into the rights issue.

“Sulom officials have not been forthcoming on this matter. But we will not relent. We have made a decision to go it alone. Sulom has failed us. Efforts to engage them on 2021 broadcasting rights revenue have proved futile as nobody is picking up our calls despite contacting them on numerous occasions.

“We are fed up. So, from now onwards, neither Sulom nor Fam will manage our rights. The rights belong to us and we will handle them on our own,” Nyirenda told this paper.

Similarly, Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali threatened unspecified action against Sulom if payment was not honoured.

“We are demanding our cut or else we will take action on Sulom. It is very difficult to trust someone who owes you huge sums of money,” he said.

Other Super League teams like Moyale and Civil Service United have also queried Sulom on the same.

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