Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers beat on Tuesday’s deadline and paid the K225 000 (about $562) appeal fee each to enable Sulom appeals committee to convene.
The two teams had up until close of business Tuesday to pay the fee or risk forfeiting the appeal against Super League of Malawi’s (Sulom) disciplinary committee ruling on the violence that occurred during their abandoned league game in Balaka three weeks ago. The Nomads and Silver were banned for five and eight months respectively.
Wanderers and Silver were also slapped with K700 000 (about $1 750) and K2.95 million (about $7 375) fines respectively.
But Wanderers legal adviser and general secretary David Kanyenda, who earlier on stressed that they would not honour the fee, on Tuesday changed his tune ,saying they had finally decided to pay the appeal fee.
“The club has no money and I took my personal initiative to make sure that the appeal is heard.
“We have paid the fee and you can even check with the Sulom GS [Williams Banda],” said Kanyenda.
His Silver counterpart Mike Tembo said: “The money is now readily available and anytime now we should be effecting the payment.”
The Sulom GS confirmed having received Wanderers payment.
“I am yet to confirm if the process [of payment] has been finalised, but I can confirm that they have made a commitment,” said Banda.