Malawi Football club wanderers won’t honour suspension following death of fans amid supporter violence

The decision was made yesterday during a meeting involving the team’s executive committee members and supporters at their clubhouse in Chichiri, Blantyre.

This decision follows Sulom Disciplinary Committee’s ruling that the match should be replayed by tomorrow, without spectators.

Instead, the meeting instructed the club’s legal adviser David Kanyenda, who doubles as general secretary, to appeal against the verdict.

“We are not playing because we are protesting the same decision to order a replay.
“In as far as we are concerned, Sulom caused the violence that led to the abandonment and that is clearly stated in Sulom findings. Why, then, should we agree to replay?

“Sulom wants to use us for their own gains to please the sponsor that the league was conclusive. We are going to frustrate those evil designs,” said Kanyenda.

He claimed to have already drafted the grounds of appeal, saying: “Resolutions made today mirror what I prepared and I will make minor amendments to suit the supporters’ aspirations in line with their contributions today.”

The meeting further agreed to march to Sanjika Palace, Reserve Bank of Malawi and FAM offices.

“We are marching to Sanjika because we are bona fide citizens of the land to seek government intervention to ensure that this ban is reversed. We will invite other well-wishers and sympathisers to join.

“As for the Reserve Bank, we are saying they should stop sponsoring Silver because they are abusing taxpayers’ resources to sponsor violence as well as extra judicial killings, and let me stress that this march will be peaceful and we will seek approval from Blantyre City Council today,” said Kanyenda.

He said all Nomads fans are asked to meet at Wanderers Club by 9am tomorrow.
Efforts to talk to Sulom general secretary Williams Banda proved futile as his phone could not be reached.

As we went to press last night, Silver Strikers were scheduled to meet over the Sulom verdict.

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