Sulom, beware the Ides of March
In March the country’s Super League governing body, Sulom will be going to polls to elect new office bearers.
As usual, there is a lot of hullabaloo in the media from those that are vying for positions. Some have already started outlining their manifestos in a bid to woo voters.
The campaign is expected to reach feverish pitch as we approach the day. There will be so many Micky Mouse sweet-tongued administrators who think running football is as simple as playing bawo.
These are administrators who have no clue of what it takes to run football at an association level. They have little or no experience in football administration but they will bribe their way into the system.
Some of these aspirants have even messed up football at club level and it would be risky to vote them into the higher office.
It is completely absurd to trust someone who has failed to run football at club level with Sulom responsibilities.
My colleagues in the media would agree with me that there was a time when the soccer fraternity underrated the role played by outgoing general secretary Williams Banda.
The press wholeheartedly decampaigned Williams until he was removed from the office. But one season down the line, there was chaos at Sulom secretariat. Sulom finished the league without knowing the top scorer.
Game fixtures were being changed willy-nilly and there was indiscipline of the highest order amongst clubs.
It appeared as if Sulom’s main agenda was to fight its mother body, Fam. They quarreled on petty issues which could have easily been resolved in the boardroom.
It was as if Sulom was on auto pilot. That was the price Malawi football paid for voting in Micky Mouse administrators, a mistake some of us will live to remember.
I would be brutally honest if I say that in recent years, at least things have changed for the better in Sulom despite that there were some shortfalls. No wonder TNM extended the sponsorship to five years.
The outgoing leadership has turned around the Super League. The league calendar of events was followed to the letter, and they enforced discipline on clubs. They have set an admirable benchmark in Malawi football.
It is my prayer that Sulom affiliates will vote for leaders who have the passion for the game not some of these Micky Mouse leaders who are just interested in enriching their pockets.
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