Cracks have emerged at Lilongwe-based TNM Super League giants, Silver Strikers, over the mandate of the team’s current supporters’ committee.
The divisions have surfaced with just days to the kickoff of the Football Association of Malawi Charity Shield this weekend when Silver are set to lock horns with Super League champions Be Forward Wanderers at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
The unrest at Area 47 has reached a stage where some sections of the club’s stakeholders, led by Mulo Makina, have formed parallel structures.
The setup by-passes the incumbent committee, chaired by Kingsley Malaya.
Malaya was ushered into office after the club fired Paul Zoipa on allegations of mismanagement.
The new faction is claiming that the current committee has overstayed.
Silver General Secretary, Thabo Chakaka-Nyirenda, said he is aware of the divisions.
But he insisted that the new committee has no mandate to fire fellow supporters.
“We are going to summon the concerned parties so that we hear them. We as a club, do not recognise the new committee because it does not have powers to fire the other committee,” Chakaka-Nyirenda said.
Makina was not available for comment Sunday but a member of his committee, identifying himself as Kondwani Munthali, said they want fresh elections at the club to elect new office bearers.
“We need a new committee to lead us. The current committee is there illegally. Its mandate expired and we need new office bearers,” Munthali said.
But, when contacted Sunday, Malaya said he was unmoved with the developments.
Divisions among supporters usually end up in affecting working relationships in a team as players and officials fall into the trap of siding with factions deemed to be representing their interests.
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