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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) delegates have been advised to elect visionary and passionate leaders ahead of polls set for today at Kabumba Hotel in Salima District today.

Some 48 delegates representing all the 16 TNM Super League teams are expected to cast their ballot for Sulom’s new office bearers, with two key positions of president and general secretary going unopposed.

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Incumbents Treasurer Tiya Somba Banda and General Secretary (GS) Williams Banda will go unchallenged for the positions of president and general secretary, respectively.

Somba-Banda will replace Innocent Bottoman who did not seek re-election after two terms in office.

But as delegates are set to decide winners of the elections, a local analyst George Kaudza Masina said the league is full of recycled football administrators and needs fresh minds to transform the game.

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“I do not see change because most of the people contesting are not new. But let them choose the better devil amongst themselves,” Kaudza Masina said.

National Youth Football Committee vice GS, Danny Makiyi, urged delegates to elect leaders who have the passion to develop the game.

“From what I know, the outgoing Sulom had very few people who were dedicated to the game but the rest were not active. Sulom administers a top flight league, so we need serious people to run its affairs,” Makiyi said.

The battle for the Super League governing body’s vice presidency will be among Gilbert Mitawa, Albert Harawa and Aggrey Khonje, while Ernest Mangani and Malinda Chinyama are fighting for the post of Treasurer after Chifundo Makande withdrew in support of Chinyama.

A tight contest is also expected between Zachariah Nyirenda and Aggrey Khonje for the post of vice GS. The third contestant, Thoko Chazema, withdrew from the race.

Mohammed Selemani and David Kanyenda will battle for the post of legal adviser with Charles Manyungwa, Allie Mwachande, Titha Mandiza, Henry Banda, Michael Chamayere and Chimwemwe Nyirenda contesting for executive member positions.

Meanwhile, some Super League clubs have said they expect the gathering to address issues such as gate revenue fraud, broadcasting rights and players transfers.

Silver Strikers GS, Lawrence Yobe, said the three were some of the biggest problems that clubs faced last season.

“We expect the meeting to also discuss issues of gate revenue because there were challenges last season. We also encounter a lot of challenges in the way player transfers are handled in the country. We hope the meeting will find solutions to such problems,” Yobe said.

Civil Sporting Club GS, Ronald Chiwaula, said his club wants increased sponsorship for the top flight league.

“As a club, we feel that the prize money for the champions in the TNM Super League is not enough. Clubs spend a lot of money throughout the season,” Chiwaula said.

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