TNM, sponsors of the Super League, have said the delay to purchase equipment by their suppliers is delaying the start of the league.
The mobile network and intergrated information and communicationtchnology’s senior manager for public relations Akossa Mphepo also said they are yet to determine the kick-off date with the Super League of Malawi (Sulom).
“On our part, we are more than ready to start, but it [kick off] is dependent on the availability of the equipment.
“As soon as we get the confirmation from our suppliers then we will agree on the date with Sulom,” she said.
Sulom president Innocent Bottoman said while they are appreciate that the delay has the potential to affect this season’s calendar, “it is imperative that we kick off when everything is in place.
“We know that clubs and fans are eager to get started, but we plead for their patience and understanding.”
The 2017 season officially kicked off on Saturday with the Chifundo Charity Shield match between Kamuzu Barracks and Nyasa Big Bullets which the People’s Team won 3-1 at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
TNM rescinded its decision to withdraw the top-flight league sponsorship earlier this month following the intervention of Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa.
They announced the withdrawal following the ruling by Competitions and Fair Trade Commission’s (CFTC) that TNM’s contract agreement with Sulom has unfair trade practice.
But in a joint statement with the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, TNM stated that they were grateful that the CFTC board and Ministry of Industry and Trade for their subsequent and clearer interpretation of their earlier decision that the contract agreement be maintained until 2020.