Dedza Young Soccer Saints on Tuesday said it will vacate the injunction that stopped play-offs to identify the 16th team to participate in the 2016 TNM Super League which kicks off this Saturday.
However, the club, in a strongly worded press statement signed by general secretary Harold Mmora, also said they will not participate in the play-offs.
Reads in part the statement: “It is our collective position that we are no longer participating and that we are consenting that the injunction which was subsisting must be vacated because our efforts were in vain and landed into the ears of people who already made their mind.”
The statement adds that Dedza Young Soccer Saints is not amused with the way the Sulom appeals committee handled the case.
Reads the statement: “Dedza Young Soccer Saints is failing to appreciate the conclusion of the appeals committee which found that Sulom has powers to make a determination on the criteria of how to determine the 16th team while the same has been found guilty on all matters raised by Dedza Young Soccer Saints.”
The statement further says participating in the play-offs will make 2015 season useless.
“It’s Dedza Young Soccer Saints’ position that playing the re-scheduled play-offs will dilute the aim of collection of points in a league as the loser can be favoured and promoted basing on their connection in society,” the statement reads.
Sulom general secretary Williams Banda yesterday said they would adhere to High Court Judge Charles Mkandawire’s order.
“The press statement is for the media not us. We submitted the ruling to the judge. We are waiting for his response on the matter,” said Banda.
If Dedza Young Soccer Saints does not turn up for the play-offs and Sulom awards the other two participants three points each, Wizards will be promoted with six points since they beat Airborne Rangers 2-1 in the first match of the play-offs. n