Sulom has snubbed Southern Region Football Leagueâ€™s (SRFL) request to consider shifting the start of the Super League to give SRFL champions Bvumbwe Research enough time to prepare for the league.
The Super League starts on May 26 and Bvumbwe only finished their games on Sunday, meaning they have just about two weeks to prepare for the Super League.
SRFL chairperson Trouble Kalua has said the period is not enough for the team to get set for the top-flight league action.
“We have to be realistic. The team is coming from an eight-month marathon league and you do not expect them to venture into another eight-month league within two weeks.
“It would be fair if Sulom can consider shifting the kick-off by a few days or weeks. The trend has shown that teams do not do well without a break, so for Bvumbwe, we were requesting for a special consideration,” said Kalua.
Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said it is not possible to shift the league as they are already behind schedule.
“We were supposed to start last month, but we postponed due to president Bingu wa Mutharikaâ€™s funeral, so we cannot wait longer than the proposed date.
“There is a lot at stake if we postpone. We have other 14 teams in the league who are incurring costs, yet they are not playing, so we have to be fair to them as well. We also do not want to set a precedent because last year, Cobbe Barracks had only two weeks, but they still started with the rest of the group. So, there is no need to offer special favours now,” said Banda.
The Super League ended in January just like the Northern Region Football League whereas the Central Region Football League (CRFL) ended in March. The SRFL winds up this weekend.