Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has intervened in the misunderstandings at Mighty Wanderers FC surrounding the elections for both the executive and main supporters committees.
The development led to Sulom cancelling the parallel supporters committee elections that were slated for last Saturday, which were called by a section led by the outgoing supporters committee chairperson, Yona Malunga.
Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said it was imperative for Sulom to intervene after establishing that the rift between the two camps was growing.
He said Sulom started the process by meeting the trustees and representatives of the main supporters committee on Sunday at Chiwembe Technical Centre.
“We had fruitful meetings with both the trustees and some supporters committee members and they explained to us the modalities that are being put in place to ensure free and fair elections,” said Banda.
He said the trustees agreed that Sulom and FAM will preside over the elections with the assistance of the electoral body. He also said that the dates that were set up by the electoral body remain unchanged and that deadline for receiving nominations remains March 21 for the supporters elections. The supports elections are slated for March 23 while those for the executive are scheduled for a week later.
The Sulom GS further said they also planned to meet the executive committee, but only two members—incumbent general secretary David Kanyenda and Gladson Kuyeri—showed up.
“We, therefore, postponed the meeting to this evening [yesterday] and we are hopeful that the entire, if not the majority of the executive, including the chairperson, will attend. We want them to reconcile for the good of the team and, indeed, the game,” said Banda.
But Chamangwana yesterday said he was not aware of the meeting.
“I was not communicated to about the meeting by Sulom neither do I know anything about today’s meeting, but I will find out,” he said.
Banda said continued misunderstanding at Lali Lubani Road would have a negative effect on the game, the league and the sponsors.
The electoral body, that is being chaired by the board’s vice-chairperson James Chuma, has the club’s former GS Henry Chibowa as secretary while former goalkeeper Boniface Maganga is the vice-chairperson. The other members are Patrick Jumbe [vice-secretary], Kannock Munde, Dean Pinto, Ojukwu Malunga and Christopher Daziel.
Sulom also intervened in the feud that rocked Big Bullets executive committee last season.