Referees body asks Super League of Malawi to cancel weekend games

In a rather surprise move, National Referees Committee (NRC) has asked Super League of Malawi (Sulom) to postpone all the weekend TNM Super League games to allow its members attend a seminar on Laws of the Game in Salima.

Malawi match officials
Malawi match officials
Sulom Treasurer Tiya Somba: No official communication
Sulom Treasurer Tiya Somba: No official communication

Confirming the development, NRC general secretary Cris Kalichero said his body has already notified Sulom about the development.

“It is true we have asked Sulom to postpone the weekend games. We are having a seminar for referees in Salima on Saturday and Sunday and we do not want to assign inexperienced referees for the weekend games. We had asked Sulom to sponsor a seminar for referee ahead of the season but they turned down the request. We got funds for the workshop from Football Association of Malawi (Fam),” said Kalichero.

Asked why the referees’ body had to wait for the league administrators to release the weekend fixtures before announcing the workshop, Kalichero said: “We have not flouted any procedure. According to the league’s rules, games can be postponed 48 hours prior to kick-off and we have informed Sulom 48 hours before the games’ kick-off.”

But Sulom treasurer Tiya Somba-Banda, who has been handling most of the secretarial work in the absence of Sulom general secretary Williams Banda- who is studying abroad – said the league cannot act on the referees’ body’s request because it had not received official communication.

“We have not received any official communication. The referees were supposed to write us but I am just hearing this from the grapevine,” said Somba-Banda.

But Kalichero countered that he had sent text messages to Somba-Banda and Sulom vice president Daud Suleman notifying them about the development. He also said his chairman Patrick Kapanga had been in touch with the Sulom leadership on the issue.

Quizzed if the referees were trying to play tit-for-tat after receiving a cold shoulder from Sulom on the issue of the pre-season workshop, Kalichero said: “It’s not tit-for-tat. Of course we were supposed to have this seminar before the season but Sulom saw it fit not to entertain to our request and we have got funds from Fam. The workshop was long overdue.

Further squeezed why they could not shift the workshop to next week, Kalichero said: “We started crying for this refresher course long time ago and we cannot wait any longer after receiving the financial backing from Fam.”

Meanwhile, the Sulom leadership has reportedly engaged Fam president Walter Nyamilandu to intervene on the matter.

Amongst the weekend fixtures, league leaders Be Forward Wanderers are expected to visit Kamuzu Barracks at Dedza Stadium before daring Blue Eagles at Nankhaka Ground on Sunday.

Second-placed Mafco are expected to play Big Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium with struggling Civo United hosting fellow strugglers Epac FC.

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BENDEKA
BENDEKA
7 years ago

GO AND SPOIL GAMES SO THAT SULOM MUST LERN SOMETHING.WHAT THEY KNOW IS BLAMING REFS AND NOT THEIR CONCERNS.

Numeli Nyamuka
7 years ago

Malifali Khalani Serious , Makalabu Amaononga Ndalama Pokozekela Game, Kambilanani Za Week Yamawa.

ibrahim makwati
ibrahim makwati
7 years ago

SHUPITI anthu opanda mzeru

Mzimba Solola
Mzimba Solola
7 years ago

A text message has now become an official communication? Mr. Kalichero are you serious?

nneka
nneka
7 years ago

no excuse, masewero amenyedwe, seminar yao yo apanga week ya mawa.

Nkhani
Nkhani
7 years ago

Text Messages?

Zakwathu
Zakwathu
7 years ago

Walter has funded the Seminar so that he can stand again in coming December Elections.Sulom is not suppose to fund Affiliates Its FA resposibility.

Kalichero and Kapanga Watch out with whatever you are going to discuss .We know that you are supporting Walter and this will be your main agenda.Walter wont win this time,He has corrupted all Affiliates so that he must stand it again.Stupid Affiliates,No wonder football in a Malawi is not going anywhere.

yakee
yakee
7 years ago

Texts are not official

ujeni
7 years ago

Since when was text messagez become official communication in business world? Lol! Malawi leaders, you wonder should i laugh or cry

MBEWE
7 years ago
Reply to  ujeni

True man,this is Malawi, govt likusaka dollar kwambiri

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