Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers risk forfeiting their appeals should they fail to pay the K225 000 (about $562) appeal fee each by close of business today.
The Nomads and the Bankers are contesting Super League of Malawi (Sulom) Disciplinary Committee’s ruling to ban them for five and eight months respectively.
The two teams also appealed against the fines (K700 000 for Wanderers and K2.95 million for Silver) after being found guilty of the violence that occurred during their abandoned match in Balaka three weeks ago.
Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said the two teams were given seven days from the date they filed their appeals [January 7] to pay the fee.
However, Wanderers legal adviser and general secretary David Kanyenda said they would determine their position by today.
“Let us wait until tomorrow [today], we should come up with a position,” said Kanyenda who further claimed that Sulom did not inform them about the deadline.
“However, it is incumbent upon Sulom that the matter is brought to finality because without that, the league will be inconclusive, which will be very unfortunate,” said Kanyenda.
He further suggested that there are several opportunities Sulom can recover the appeal fee from the clubs such as through gate collections, prizes and subventions.
“I do not think they should squarely put the blame on us, they collect a lot of money from gate collections,” he said.
His Silver counterpart Mike Tembo said they should pay the money by today.
“We do not want to get into some sort of conflict with them. So, as I said we are in the process of sourcing the money,” said Tembo.