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LILONGWE (Tamanda Mwale, MalawI NewsNow) –The High Court in Lilongwe on Tuesday ruled in favour of Dedza Young Soccer Saints in a case in which the former Super League side obtained an injunction stopping Super League of Malawi (Sulom) from holding play-offs to determine the 16th team to play in the league and has ordered Sulom to hear the appeal lodged by the club.

Judge Charles Mkandawire ruled that Sulom erred in not giving Dedza Young Soccer Saints a chance to be heard, noting that if Sulom had “properly handled the appeal” on February 24 2016, which was two weeks before the play-offs, thematter would not have reached  “this monumental point.”

The club’s argument is that Sulom should not have held the play-offs, but rather pick the team that finished on 13th position in 2015 as the 16th team since Airborne Rangers finished on 14th position while Wizards were on 15th.

The presiding judge noted in his ruling that “there was casual approach to the whole issue and lack of administration professionalism.”

The judge described Sulom’s way of handling the matter as “full of conflicting messages” and “half truths.”

Reads the ruling in part: “I find that the best solution in this matter is to allow for the extension of the injunction that I had granted on March 16 2016.  I order that the respondent should hear the appeal lodged by the applicant using competent authority as per the Sulom statute.”

Dedza Young Soccer Saints general secretary Harold Mmola said in an interview that the club has been vindicated that it was unfairly treated by Sulom.