Six TNM Super League clubs have failed the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) club licensing test, which was a requirement for obtaining licences to compete in the 2020 TNM Super League season.
FAM club licensing and compliance manager Casper Jangale yesterday said Civo United United, Mzuzu Warriors, Karonga United, Chitipa United, TN Stars and Ntopwa FC have since been referred to the First Instance Body (FIB) for consideration.
He said documents of the six clubs were not considered for failing to pay the mandatory K1 million surety.
“The clubs have been given up to Thursday [tomorrow] to pay the K1 million commitment fee before the FIB can look at their documents this Saturday. If they fail to do that, it will indicate that they will no longer be part of the 2020 Super League season,” he said.
Jangale said the clubs have also been fined K100 000 each, except Civo, whose application has been rejected for presentation technicalities after submitting documents bearing Civil Service Club, a name of a club that was relegated few years back.
“The club has since been advised to re-submit documents bearing Civil Sporting,” he said.
However, Ntopwa owner Isaac Jomo Osman yesterday said they will not honour their obligation while Karonga United general secretary Ramzy Simwaka said they are ready to pay both the fee and the penalty by tomorrow.
Said Osman: “As Ntopwa, we do not have money to give FAM as surety. Let FAM boot us out of the league.”
“As an unsponsored team, we feel it would be better to channel the K1 million, if we find it, towards paying upkeep allowances for our players or invest it in a business than sending it to FAM where it will just be idle for the entire season.”
Meanwhile, eight clubs have been awarded full licenses while two have been given provisional licences.
Moyale Barracks lead the eight clubs after achieving 88 percent of the requirements. They are followed by newcomers Ekwendeni Hammers (81percent), Silver Strikers (77 percent), Kamuzu Barracks (74 percent), Mafco (74 percent), Red Lions (73 percent), Be Forward Wanderers (72 percent) and Nyasa Big Bullets (71 percent).
Jangale said Blue Eagles and Mighty Tigers have been given provisional licenses for scoring 68 percent which is in the yellow range of 56 to 69 percent each.