Sulom ready to scrape off some rules The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) says it is ready to scrape off the rule which allows clubs to be exempted in the event that they contribute more than three players to the national team.
Sulom Secretary General Williams Banda said if some clubs feel the rule is giving unfair advantage to other clubs then the rule can be scrapped off.
However, he said it was up to the aggrieved clubs to write Sulom and make suggestions on the way forward.
"The rule has been there since 2006 and it came into being because clubs like Mighty Wanderers and Big Bullets were contributing a lot of players to the national team and they felt the playing ground was not level. We made an administrative arrangement ute at least four players should be exempted and it has been like this since 2006," he said.
Banda said Nomads and Bullets are complaining because they no longer contribute a lot of players to the national team.
"It's unfortunate that they are complaining now because it is not them who are benefiting from the rule but Silver Strikers. A few years ago it was Escom who were benefiting.
If they feel the play field is not fair then they can write us a proposal and suggest what we should do," he said.
Banda accused the clubs of failing to utilise their resources to the fullest saying when some players are with the national team it should be the chance for others to shine.
"The clubs register about 30 players so why should they complain when three players are away. This is supposed to be a chance for the clubs to utilise the other players so that they too can show their talent.It is supposed to be an advantage but the clubs are failing to realise this," he said.
Wanderers and Bullets have complained that the practice has only benefitted Silver Strikers since last year.
The clubs argue Silver Strikers always play with a full-strength squad compared to other clubs. Silver is on second position in the top flight league with 43 points and three games in hand than the Blantyre United at the top of the summit with 45 points but have played 23 games.
Wanderers General Secretary Dave Kanyenda said the way forward was for Sulom to follow Fifa rules.
"Fifa rules stipulate that clubs should release players during matches that fall on their calendars.
All clubs across the world abide by this rule and on these dates there Sulom ready to scrape off rule are no domestic matches. So the question of how many players a team has contributed does not arise. We just need to follow what Fifa rules are saying. No club should be exempted based on number of players," he said.
Bullets General Secretary Higger Mkandawire was quoted in the media saying the situation where one club has more games to play gives room for match fixing after Silver Strikers were exempted last week when there were no national team engagements.
Silver Chairperson Dr Mafuta Mwale also expressed surprise why Sulom did not give them matches at the weekend and added that the situation also affects them because they are put under pressure.