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Sulom backs late Lilongwe derby postponement

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TIYA SOMBA-BANDA

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has justified the postponement of the Lilongwe derby between Silver Strikers and Civil Service United.

Sulom postponed the Lilongwe derby on Friday evening two days after postponing the Blantyre derby involving Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers.

Both games were postponed after Bullets, Wanderers and Silver contributed three or more players to the Malawi National Football Team ahead of the Cosafa Cup scheduled to start in South Africa Tuesday.

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Sulom President Tiya Somba Banda said postponing the Lilongwe derby was tricky unlike the Blantyre clash.

“Bullets and Wanderers contributed more than three players to the national team. Silver also contributed more than three players but, then, when reports emerged that one of their players [Chikondi] Kamanga had tested positive for Covid it meant that the reason was no longer national duty.

“However, we were not told that Mark Fodya of Silver had been called to join the national team. This is why we took long,” he said.

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Interestingly, Kamanga was released from Flames camp on mistaken identity case.

Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali said the decision to postpone the derby took too long.

“We expected them to make a quick decision,” he said.

But Civil General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula welcomed the postponement of the match.

“We saw it coming because of circumstances. We will now wait for the next fixture,” Chiwaula said.

The TNM Super League match was scheduled for yesterday at Silver Stadium but Sulom shifted the match after Silver contributed more than three players to the Flames squad.

Silver contributed six players to the Flames provisional squad but Brighton Munthali and Stain Davie also tested positive for coronavirus.

However, Silver’s trio of Maxwell Phodo, Nickson Mwase and defender Mark Fodya have been included in the Flames final squad.

Bullets lead the log table with 45 points from 21 matches, at par with Silver, who have an inferior goal difference.

Wanderers are third with 37 points from 21 matches.

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