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Sulom bows down

Calls for annual general meeting amid clubs petition

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TIYA SOMBA-BANDA

Under-pressure Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has called for an annual general meeting (AGM) after some clubs petitioned the body over gate collection arrangements and punishment management, among other things.

Sources said 10 out of 16 clubs signed the document dated August 6 asking Sulom to call for an extra-ordinary AGM to discuss contentious issues including prize money adjustment.

The clubs, also want Sulom to clear mist surrounding its partnership with Old Mutual on man of the match and player of the week awards.

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“As clubs we want some things to be reviewed including gate collections distribution and amendment of the Sulom constitution. We also want to discuss referees’ misconduct and punishments. There are several issues including match-fixing scandal and how to deal with referees’ misconduct,” a source said.

In reaction, Sulom penned its affiliates on August 9 announcing that the AGM would be held on September 11 at Nkopola Lodge in Salima.

“Pursuant with Article 39 as read with Article 26 of the Sulom Constitution, notice is hereby given of the annual general meeting …

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“The AGM will be held with strict observation of Covid preventive measures,” Sulom’s notice reads.

Sulom President Tiya Banda-Somba confirmed both developments, saying they called for the meeting per constitution requirement in line with the body’s corporate governance principles.

“All proposals from the clubs that have been submitted as per the constitution will be tackled,” he said.

Most clubs that signed the petition did not want to be mentioned.

Former Flames and Mighty Wanderers defender Ojukwu Malunga asked Sulom to tread carefully on the issue.

“They need to open up so that clubs should understand them. Otherwise, the teams are fighting for the welfare of players,” he said.

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