Mighty Wanderers have dismissed rumours making rounds to the effect that they intend to lose their last match against Silver Strikers to frustrate rivals Big Bullets.
Bullets and Wanderers are competing for Carlsberg Malawi sponsorship which will favour the team that convinces the sponsors. That will likely be determined by several factors including the preferred team's performance this season.
Nomads General Secretary David Kanyenda dismissed the rumours, saying the players are training very hard to win the match.
"I would like to assure all Malawians that if there is anything the Nomads are looking forward to is winning the match against Silver Strikers. There is no way Nomads will sell the match to Silver. We have always emerged top and they are our wives so we are going to win the match.
"We are a professional team and cannot engage in such malpractices so people should expect a competitive match where Nomads will be playing to win and collect maximum points to finish in a better posi¬tion," he said.
Big Bullets General Secretary Higger Mkandawire said their club is focused on winning the two remaining matches other than being concerned with what other clubs were doing.
"As Bullets, we have two games remaining against Epac and Red Lions and we are concentrating on winning those matches that is what matters at the moment. We need to win these matches in order to maximise our chances of being crowned champions.
"We believe all teams in the league are professional and owe supporters and sponsors loyalty, dedicated to be competitive and follow the rules and regulations. I therefore would want to ignore this rumour because even the Nomads know that they need to show competiveness in order to convince sponsors and their supporters," he said.
Bullets have 52 points and are on second position. The People's Team play against Epac on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium before they wind up against Red Lions on February 23. If they win both matches, they will finish with 58 points.
Silver Strikers are also remaining with two games Kamuzu Barracks and Nomads and have 55 points from 26 matches. If they win both matches they will finish with 61 points.
The defending champions chairperson MacDonald Mwale expressed disappointment at rumours of match fixing, saying they were undermining the integrity of the team.
"We are not in this position because of any help from anyone. We have played well throughout the season to be at the top and even now we don't need any help from anyone. Our players are working very hard to grind results and it would be demeaning to suggest that they are being helped.
"We would like to make it clear that Silver Strikers have never engaged in match fixing and whatever competition is there between BB and Nomads to secure sponsorship does not concern Silver Strikers. We are focused on defending the league that's all," he said.