Play-offs organised by the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) to identify the 16th team to join the Supper League have been halted after Dedza Young Soccer Stars sought an injunction.
Sulom vice-president Daud Suleman yesterday confirmed the postponement of the play-offs in an interview at Civo Stadium on Saturday in Lilongwe.
“Judge Esme Chombo has differed hearing to Monday as such, we cannot go on with the games until a hearing and a ruling is made. I can confirm the games will not go on as scheduled,” said Suleman.
The cancelation comes despite Airborne Rangers playing Wizards on Friday at Civo Stadium.
Wizards beat the Malawi Defence Force side 2-1.
Yesterday Dedza were supposed to play Wizards FC at Civo Stadium and today they were supposed to face Airborne Rangers.
Dedza’s argument is that since they finished on better position than both Airborne and Wizards, it was only right that they should be promoted and that the playoffs are unnecessary.
Football Association of Malawa (FAM) who advised Sulom to go ahead with the play-offs refused to comment on the injunction obtained by Dedza.
“We have been advised by our legal counsel not to comment further on this issue until advised otherwise. As such I won’t say anything,” said the association’s general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda.
Sulom could not say if they will refund expenses incurred by Airborne and Wizards if the court rules in favour of Dedza Young Soccer. n