Sulom apologises to Malawi’s Sports Writers body for demeaning remarks

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) general secretary Williams Banda has swallowed his pride for his scathing attack on a Radio Islam reporter Jusuf Daisa whom he insulted when he sought an interview.

The audio clip, which went viral on Wednesday, saw the soft-spoken Banda repeatedly called the journalist stupid when he tried to get a clarification on why certain teams have played more games away and the vice versa.

Banda has since apologised to the reporter and Swam for the insults.

Sulom general secretary Williams Banda

“Kindly accept our sincere apologies for the insult to one Radio Islam journalist Yusuf Daisa on 18th May 2022 and for not being able to grant the interview. I genuinely regret the inconvenience caused because of my conduct.

“As a gesture of goodwill, I withdraw [the remarks] in totality and request your acceptance of my apology. Am sure you would pardon the mistake on my part and the association as a whole. Lastly, I reassure you of our cooperation and look forward to a more positive association with Daisa and Swam,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sports Writers Association of Malawi (Swam) in a statement signed by general secretary Wesysylas Chirwa, condemned Banda for his verbal insults, saying it infringes on the freedom of the press.

“Swam strongly opposes such intimidation to journalists and will, without delay, report the incident alongside several others to the Malawi National Council of Sports and the Football Association of Malawi.

“In the meantime, we demand an immediate end to such hostilities towards journalists by sports administrators as such actions empower hoodlums to mistreat and embarrass reporters in the line of duty.”

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