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Sulom silent on Army teams

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Super League of Malawi (Sulom) might be in an awkward situation at the end of 2016 season if Malawi Defence Force (MDF) stands by its decision to trim Army Super League teams.

MDF announced recently that, effective next season, only three MDF teams will participate in the top-flight league, demoting one outfit to the second-tier.

So far, the Army has four teams namely, Red Lions, Kamuzu Barracks, Moyale Barracks and Mafco FC.

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Apart from fighting for the league championship, the Army teams will be in the league of their own, battling for the top-three positions with the least performer dropping out.

In the event that all the four MDF teams finish the season outside the relegation zone, Sulom will be forced to replace the military team with one civilian club.

The criterion for identifying the team might also be a recipe for confusion, just like with the play-offs case, which ended up in court.

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However, Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, said yesterday MDF had not officially written the league’s governing body, hence it would be premature to discuss the issue.

“We are waiting for the official position on the issue, may be MDF will reverse it before the end of the season,” Banda said.

MDF Head of Training, Brigadier General Alick Mhone, insisted that the decision to have three teams in the league stands.

“We made it clear that we will only have three teams in the league and we will not change the decision,” Mhone said.

Following the decision, Chilumba became the first casualty as MDF is planning to reduce teams in the league to three only effective 2017 season.

Karonga United has since provisionally replaced Chilumba. According to one of the recommendations from 2009 Lilongwe Declaration, institutional teams such as MDF should be limited to three in the league.

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