Top-flight league clubs have accused Super League of Malawi (Sulom) of flouting its own constitution ahead of its upcoming annual general meeting (AGM) slated for Saturday in Mangochi.
The top-flight league clubs’ task force spokesperson Suzgo Nyirenda said in an interview that as of Tuesday noon, the flagship football league runners had not sent the agenda and other relevant documentation when they are required to provide the same 14 days before the meeting.
Quoting Article 39.3 of the Sulom constitution, the Nyasa Big Bullets chief executive officer said: “As clubs, we are disappointed that barely three days before the general assembly, Sulom has not sent the required documentation, including audited accounts, activity report and the agenda itself when they are supposed to do that 14 days before the AGM.
“This is abnormal and smacks of lack of professionalism on the part of Sulom. It paints a picture of a body that is disorganized because they cannot respect their own constitution.”
He said as clubs, they needed ample time to go through the documentation, especially audited accounts, ahead of the general assembly.
Said Nyirenda: “Elsewhere, where the constitution has been raped, the AGM is postponed until things are normalised, but we know they will not because of arrogance.
“We are not against anyone at Sulom, but we are against the way they are abusing their mandate. They are not representing our interests at all.”
Football analyst Charles Nyirenda said it is sad that such straightforward procedures are deliberately flouted.
He said: “The question is why? Is it that Sulom executive committee has grown wings and they need to be clipped?
“In fact, this happens often. If the clubs are serious, then they should demand postponement of the gathering because of the constitutional violation.”
However, Sulom general secretary Williams Banda pushed the blame back to the clubs for failing to provide delegation lists in time.
He said: “Sulom will ensure that everything is in order and the meeting will take place, they shouldn’t panic. After all, the quorum, in terms of delegates, has not yet been reached.
“Nevertheless, we acknowledge the concern, but the clubs may wish to appreciate that the delay didn’t occasion any miscarriage of justice and Sulom is of the view that no team or delegate will be prejudiced in any way.”
Banda said they are not hiding anything and should the clubs have any queries, they can reach out to them.
The clubs have been pushing for the AGM since off season, saying there are a number of outstanding issues which need to be addressed, citing broadcasting rights, gate management, handling of fixtures and disputes as well as lack of consultation.
The teams nearly boycotted the opening fixtures in protest against Sulom’s failure to hold the AGM, but later reached an agreement to have it on April 30.