Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers have made a desperate appeal to the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to reconsider their decision of referring the Balaka violence case to Super League of Malawi (Sulom).
This follows FAM’s reaction that it cannot look into the matter because neither club has followed the correct procedure and lodged an appeal with Sulom.
The two clubs said they took up the matter with FAM because they had lost confidence in Sulom.
“We do not think the organs of Sulom can competently and impartially handle this issue and much as it is stipulated in their [Sulom] constitution, we are of the strong feeling that FAM should take over the case. We will consult even with Silver on the matter,” said Nomads general secretary David Kanyenda.
On his part, Silver chairperson McDonald Mafuta-Mwale said: “Of course, we are happy that FAM intervened on the issue, but as a club we are not really comfortable that Sulom should hear the appeal. We have no confidence in them.
“Nevertheless, we understand the politics, but we are hoping that FAM will take our concern into account. We believe Sulom is in the wrong because the way they handled the issue of security left a lot to be desired.
“We want thorough investigations like what caused the problem and whether the game was properly planned.”
Both teams have said they will not honour the K450 000 (about $1 125) appeal fee.
“One of our grievances is the fee. It has no basis and it lacks foundation in the rules. It is arbitrary and manifestly excessive. So, the ball is in FAM’s court,” said Kanyenda.
Mafuta-Mwale said: “We will not pay that. We do not have the money. We cannot pay all that money. I do not think they have the basis for that, it appears they just woke up and came up with the figure.”
But Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said the appeal fee is in line with Fifa rules and regulations.