Super League of Malawi (Sulom) is set to propose an amendment to the statutes at its annual general meeting (AGM) in Lilongwe this Saturday to facilitate recruitment of a chief executive officer (CEO).
Sulom president Tiya Somba-Banda confirmed that the executive committee will discuss a proposal on amendment of the statutes when it meets on Friday.
He said: “The executive will have its meeting on Friday where we will scrutinise the statutes and discuss the plan to table a proposal on amendment of the constitution to allow the employment of a CEO.”
Article 15 of Sulom constitution on composition and duties/responsibilities of executive committee members states that the general secretary (GS) shall be the head of the secretariat and the CEO of Sulom.
Once the constitution is ammended, CEO will take over the GS’s duties.
But the alterations to this article can only be made with a special approval, according to Article 59 on amendment of the Sulom constitution.
The Article reads: “No alteration, amendment or addition shall be made to this constitution, save by a special resolution made by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the votes of members constituting a quorum as provided for hereunder, present and entitled to vote at a Special General Meeting.”
Once the general assembly gives the green light to change the constitution, the Sulom legal team will go ahead and make the changes before the statutes are taken back to the general assembly for adoption and ratification.
Sulom has been under pressure to employ a CEO as part of commercialisation processes.
However, lack of capacity has been a challenge, prompting Football Association of Malawi (FAM)to step in and bail out its most influential affiliate.
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu in his December 2019 election manifesto titled ‘Raising the Bar’, pledged to lease the Chilomoni Stadium to Sulom as well as employ a CEO to run the secretariat.
However, nine months later Sulom secretariat is yet to have a CEO after moving to Chilomoni Stadium.
Nyamilandu, stressed the need for Sulom to spearhead the implementation of Raising the Bar.
He said: “The dreams of Raising the Bar are still alive. Progress has just been derailed.”
Soccer analyst Kelvin Moyo said once the statutes are changed, Sulom should pick an experienced candidate.
He said: “Football at Super League level needs a CEO with expertise and experience.
“They can advertise for the post or do a head hunting as PSL [South Africa’s Premier Soccer League] does.”