Some TNM Super League clubs want Super League of Malawi (Sulom) to be firm in calling for the long-awaited annual general meeting (AGM).
This comes in the wake of the top-flight league runners’ decision to shift the general assembly from end August to an unspecified date next month.
Be Forward Wanderers, Nyasa Big Bullets, Silver Strikers, Kamuzu Barracks (KB) FC and Civil Service (Civo) United said the development is a cause for worry, considering that there are a number of urgent issues that need to be tackled.
Said Nomads general secretary (GS) Victor Maunde: “The bottomline is that Sulom is flouting its own constitution something which has grave consequences because if an institution disregards its own rules that means it is not mandated to govern.
“As teams, we are worried because these shifts are not officially communicated, but we are hearing them from social media platforms.
“We are now planning to map the way forward because they are taking us for granted.”
Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga said an AGM is a constitutional forum that should be held.
“We are hoping that the dates will not keep on changing willy-nilly despite the circumstances we find ourselves in.
“There are a lot of issues that need urgent attention,” he said.
On his part, Silver Strikers chief executive officer Thoko Chimbali said: “The dates have been shifting since the beginning of the year. We will wait for official communication from Sulom which we are yet to receive.
“However, with the constitutional requirement of 28 days’ notice, they have a narrow window to issue a notice.”
On the other hand, KB GS Captain Prince Majiga said there are so many outstanding issues that need to be addressed through the AGM.
He said: “Our position is that we needed the AGM yesterday. While Sulom might have valid reasons of not calling for an AGM, that does not mean they cannot come up with other alternatives.
“The current situation should not be used as an excuse to side step concerns that clubs have.”
Civo GS Ronald Chiwaula said: “We expect that this time around, dates will not be changed further as the clubs have been waiting for the AGM for quite a long time with issues of sponsorship, effects of Covid-19 and financial statements on the cards.”
But Sulom president Tiya Somba-Banda was quoted by Zodiak Broadcasting Station last week as having said that the plan to hold the AGM end August was affected by the earlier review of the rule on public gathering to 10 people.
“But now that it has reverted to 100 people, we are now certain of holding a physical AGM in September.
“We also have to work on the accounts which have to be submitted to the clubs for their perusal,” he said.
Among others, the clubs want the AGM to discuss progress of sponsorship negotiations with TNM plc and assessment of the current Covid-19 situation.