Sulom has announced that the eagerly awaited TNM Super League decider between Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers will be played next Tuesday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) president Innocent Bottoman yesterday said the initial plans were to have the game played this coming Thursday, but due to security reasons, they had to shift the date.
“The stakeholders, in particular the sponsors, want the league to be concluded as soon as possible because we are way beyond schedule.
“So, after FAM’s verdict to have the game replayed, we thought Thursday should have been an ideal date, but since security personnel will be busy with the presentation of nomination papers by political parties, we have thought it wise to shift it to Tuesday next week,” said Bottoman.
He said all concerned stakeholders have been communicated about the development.
“We are also making arrangements that in the event that Silver win or the match ends in a draw, a brief symbolic presentation ceremony should be held,” he said.
Bottoman reiterated that the match will be played behind closed doors.
Silver general secretary Mike Tembo confirmed receiving communication from Sulom about the date.
“We would have loved if the match was played this Thursday because we could have avoided injuries that might be picked during the Zambezi Soccer Challenge Cup.
“But we have no option but to honour the decision considering the circumstances,” said Tembo.
The Bankers need just a point to win the championship for the third time in a row while Wanderers need to win to finish on position four so that they are guaranteed prize money.
The champions will cart home K9 million.
Gabadinho Mhango continued with his faultless displays for Bloemfontein Celtic when he scored in the 2-0 beating of University of Pretoria football club in a South Africa Premiership match on Sunday.
The Nation monitored on SuperSport television Channel 4 the match played at Free State Stadium where Keegan Buchanan danced his way past a forest of defenders to put Celtic ahead deep in the first-half.
Then, Mhango quickly reacted on the blind side to meet a deflected ball from the right before sharply sweeping the ball to the far right bottom corner in the 43rd minute. It was his fourth league goal and fifth in all competitions.
Celtic, who replaced Mhango early in the second-half, are ninth on the 16-member league on 22 points whereas the university side, which featured Atusaye Nyondo, are 12th on 17 points. Kaizer Chiefs lead the standings on 39 points.
On the same day, Robert Ng’ambi created Platinum Stars’ injury time winner, which substitute Magakoodi Ngele buried into the net to defeat impressive Free State Stars whose head coach Simba Sithole and assistant Kinnah Phiri could only watch in frustration.
On Saturday, Esau Kanyenda created one goal, but his Polokwane City still ended losing 3-2 to Golden Arrows who scored the winner through Rudolph Bester.
Polokwane are 13th on 16 points.