Court to determine Super League of Malawi legality of play-offs: Injunction ruling Tuesday

The High Court in Lilongwe has not to vacated the injunction obtained by Dedza Young Soccer obtained contesting play-offs meant to identify the 16th team to play in the Super League, dismissing an argument by Super League of Malawi (Sulom)  that football matters cannot be taken to conventional courts before exhausting all channels set up by Football Association of Malawi (FAM).

Sulom vice president David Suleman and lawyer Shadreck Mhango after court appearnce in Lilongwe

Sulom vice president David Suleman and lawyer Shadreck Mhango after court appearnce in Lilongwe.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Sulom through their lawyer Shadreck Mhango of KD Freeman & Associates argued in court on Thursday that article 47 of Football Association of Malawi (FAM)  statutes prohibit its affiliate in taking football matters to ordinary  court.

In his ruling Justice Charles Mkandawire said that according to how the matter was handled it was fair that the Court should proceed with the hearing in the Court of Law to determine the legality of the Sulom decision.

The case was heard before the judge  for inter party hearing.

Dedza Young Soccer , according to their lawyer Chimwemwe Sikwese, they obtained the injunction because Sulom and FAM were unjust by refusing to listen to their case.

According to  Dedza general secretary Harold Mmora, the club followed the normal channel, but they were not given a chance to be heard.

But lawyer representing Sulom, Shadreck Mhango challenged Dedza Young Soccer that they never appealed Sulom play off decision as they never paid K150, 000 appeal fee.

Meanwhile the Justice Mkandawire has adjourned the case to Tuesday 29th March when the judge is expected to make his ruling whether to vacate the injunction or not and  proceed with the hearing of the case on the complaint by Dedza Young Soccer.

Dedza argues that it was supposed to be reinstated as the 16th team to remain in the flagship league because it finished on 13th position just a step below the relegation zone.

However, FAM approved the play-offs which started on Friday with Wizards beating Airborne Rangers 2-1 at Civo Stadium before an injunction flew in.

The next TNM Super League season is expected to start mid next month.

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9 thoughts on “Court to determine Super League of Malawi legality of play-offs: Injunction ruling Tuesday”

  1. Mchewa says:

    FAM and Sulom. Let us assume that Dedza, Air Borne Rangers and Wizards were relegated and you wanted to reduce further the number of teams in the Super League, what would you do? Would you go for a play off or just relegate the next team on number 12? The logical thing is to relegate the 12th team and not a play off between the 12th , 11th and 10th teams. In the same way if you are increasing the number of teams in the Super League the best and fair way of doing it is to give chance to the next best team on the log table which is Dedza Young Soccer. In South Africa, play offs are conducted to see if the other teams in the Mvela league are indeed better than the relegated teams in Premier league. But in the case at hand, the log table of the super league clearly shows which team is better among the three teams in question, why complicate matters by a play off? By putting an academic clause in the qualification of you guys at the helm of football, we thought you would be able to make those rational decisions and spare us the embarrassment of having to be told the obvious by the courts. Walter, my team mate at Sugar Babies, wake up, Mukaluzatu mochititsa manyazi ku court. Don’t say you were not warned!!

  2. Marko Kalebe says:

    Even FIFA can interpret well your own rules. U can’t take the already different teams in points to contest in play offs while the scale of differentiating them was the same. This injustice means that u don’t want Dedza to remain in Superleague but have another team at heart. It is another injustice to claim k150 000. inorder to hear Dedza s complaint, ili ndi dyera komanso cashgate.

  3. Angoni says:

    FAM and sulom ndiamene awonoonga zones APA.Dedza musayiphere ufulu apa.

  4. Francis Chimpanda says:

    A sulom alipo amene mukumufuna, koma kumeneku nkupusa, khothi ndi lomwe limabweretsa chilungamo, mumadzitsutsa popanga ziganizo bwanji? Ifetu timangokuonani.

  5. sincara says:

    Football matters do go to courts… where is sepp Blatter and his colleagues now? And where in earth can a team which finished on final position get involved in play offs? worse still the same team got promoted again. pa John pompa the last team on the log table its automatic relegation.

  6. DOBO says:

    First all Malawi Courts has the constitutional mandate to provide justice in Malawi. Secondly, to say that football matter should not be taken to ordinary Court is a compromise to justice unless FAM and its affiliates are immuned from injustices. To me, it sounds like FAM or FIFA rules are above the Malawi constitution. If not the case, football administration in Malawi is at stake. In my view,FAM is making deliberate injustices behind this rule.This rule should not protect you from errors or blunders or else you have to put your house in order to avoid such cases end up in what you call ordinary Court . This case is an indicator of poor administration.

  7. Myao says:

    British Overseas Main Admin ya Malawi ikuvuta kuyendetsa bcoz of atsogoleri olowela pa window. Samething ndi Football matters. Flames is set to exit all competitions due to mediocre management.

  8. Coach player says:

    Mbuzi zoyendetsa mpira

  9. Ruben Kacheche says:

    The idea to say matters of soccer should not go court is wrong. Dedza is not the first to do so. What happened during FAM elections? Those in positions abuse their powers.. Afterall Dedza is right, why should you take no 14 to compete with 16 ? It’s fair to promote the next number on line…..mpira sungatukuke popeza muli ndi ma team akukhosi kwanu

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