Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has turned down a Malawi Defence Force (MDF) request to suspend its teams’ games this weekend to allow the players travel to Zimbabwe for the Military Sports festival.
The Zimbabwe Defence Force invited MDF football team to participate at the event which will run from Monday to Tuesday.
In an interview yesterday MDF spokesperson Paul Chiphwanya said they have selected a strong side comprising players from Super League teams Red Lions, Kamuzu Barracks, Moyale Barracks and Mafco.
“We are taking this festival seriously that is why we are sending a strong team,” he said.
Chiphwanya said the select side will be coached by Red Lions coach Stereo Gondwe while Moyale Barracks coach Charles Kamanga will be his assistant.
With the game to be played on Tuesday, the team is expected to travel this weekend when the Super League second round is kicking off.
According to the fixture this weekend, Kamuzu Barracks will face Be Forward Wanderers, Red Lions will play Moyale while Mafco face Masters Security.
Asked if travelling to Zimbabwe will not disrupt army teams Super League campaign, Chiphwanya said they had asked Sulom to postpone the games.
“We wrote Sulom and Football Association of Malawi to postpone our games until we return. However, we are yet to get a response,” he said.
But Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said they turned down the request in a response filed last week.
“The game they are going to play in Zimbabwe is just a friendly match. It, therefore, does not warrant any justification to suspend the four games this weekend,” he said.
Banda said the league is already behind schedule, therefore, “it would be unfair to delay it further based on a friendly game which MDF will play in Zimbabwe.”
The Sulom general secretary has therefore warned the MDF teams to honour all the fixtures or risk losing points.
“All games will go as scheduled and any absconding will be followed by consequences. So, let all the teams fulfil their fixtures,” he said.