It is now set. The TNM Super League will kick off for the 2017/18 season on May 6, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has announced.
Sulom treasurer Tiya Somba-Banda said the re-launch match will likely be played either at Bingu National Stadium or Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
“We are yet to finalise the other logistics, but the game will most certainly involve the Super League defending champions Kamuzu Barracks,” he said.
The kick-off announcement ends months of uncertainty following a rift between sponsors, TNM, and Competitions and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) over the agreements with Sulom.
TNM last month announced the withdrawal of sponsorship following the ruling by CFTC that the mobile network and integrated information and communication technology company’s agreement with Sulom has unfair trade practice clauses.
However, the decision was rescinded following the intervention of Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa.
TNM senior manager for public relations Akossa Mphepo this week said the hold-up in purchase of equipment by their suppliers was behind the delay in the kick-off.
She said the kick-off date would be announced once they get a confirmation from their suppliers.
But yesterday, when asked on the confirmation from their suppliers, Mphepo did not respond.
Meanwhile, Super League clubs have welcomed the announcement after complaining that the delay was taking a toll on their finances.
“What we wanted is that the league should start as soon as possible,” said newcomers Chitipa United chairperson Rodgers Kamodzi.
The 2017 season officially kicked off on Saturday with the Chifundo Charity Shield match between Super League champions Kamuzu Barracks and Presidential Cup champions Nyasa Big Bullets at Civo Stadium.
The People’s Team won 3-1 courtesy of a Muhammad Sulumba brace and Fischer Kondowe’s goal while Manase Chiyesa scored for KB. n