Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has come out of its shell on the delay to hold its annual general meeting (AGM), saying it is because of financial constraints.
In an interview yesterday, the top-flight league runners’ president Tiya Somba-Banda said, they are battling a severe cash squeeze.
He said: “ At the moment we are pressed with finances as the little money that is there is being channelled towards match organisation.
“We need about K8 million to K11 million for an AGM and without gate collections it is proving a challenge to raise this amount.”
In April, Sulom announced that it would hold its general assembly in May, but two months down the line, it has not lived to its word.
However, the Sulom president said it is not all doom and gloom as they are considering to hold it virtually.
“An alternative is a virtual one which we believe will not be as effective, but it’s something we can consider,” said Somba-Banda.
Reacting to the development, Nyasa Big Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga said they hope Sulom will still find a way to hold the AGM.
He said: “An AGM is an important indaba for elite football in Malawi. There are no two ways about it.
“There have been growing issues to table at the AGM and I believe Sulom is pretty aware of this. I am sure Sulom is trying to find ways of raising the funds.”
On his part, Civil Service United general secretary Ronald Chiwaula said: “An AGM is important as it is the only platform for clubs to interact with their governing body on all issues for smooth running of the league.
“So, hopefully Sulom are looking into the issue.”
Football analyst George Kaudza Masina said the Sulom AGM is long overdue.
He said: “This was supposed to have taken place before the league kick-off.
“That Sulom is failing to hold the AGM due to finances can be understood as practically they have always been broke. But being financially disabled is their own making.
“As an elite league, Sulom seems to be lacking a sense of direction as their main source remains gate collections which has never been sustainable.
“But hiding on the lack of finances cannot be justified. It just shows their lack of seriousness as the AGM has never been a priority considering that of late they have been making easy money from fines which are more than enough for an AGM.
“Let a virtual meeting be an alternative as it has became a norm and let Sulom embrace it.”
Initially, Sulom planned to hold its assembly in February this year after failing to do so last year due to Covid-19.