Super League of Malawi (Sulom) yesterday gave in to Kamuzu Barracks’ (KB) insistence to postpone their match against Mzuni FC which was slated for Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
Though Sulom officials were coy to confirm the postponement, both clubs told The Nation they had been informed about the decision.
Sulom had in the past two days turned down separate requests from KB and Malawi Defence Force (MDF) to cancel the match as most of their players and technical panel members have been deployed in various polling centres to provide security ahead of tomorrow’s tripartite elections.
However, KB threatened to boycott the match and after reportedly alerting Sulom about their stand yesterday morning, the body changed its stand.
KB general secretary (GS) Steve Kakuza confirmed the development and described it as fair.
“Our stand was that we were not going to play this match. Elections are of national interest, so we expected Sulom to be lenient,” he said.
On his part, Mzuni GS Donnex Chilonga said the decision has a significant impact on their finances.
“We have incurred unnecessary costs because of this eleventh-hour decision by Sulom. If anything, we were supposed to start off for Mzuzu yesterday after our game against Silver Strikers,” he said.
Chilonga said they agreed to the cancellation, having set conditions that Sulom should foot the club’s bills.
“Sulom, due to its indecision, will foot our bills incurred for accommodation, meals and allowances. We have presented the bills to Sulom and they have promised to settle them,” he said.
Sulom GS Williams Banda and his deputy Zacharia Nyirenda refused to comment on the matter, referring this paper to president Tiya Somba-Banda who was not available for comment