Central Region Football Association (CRFA) has hiked registration fees for the 2016 season, a development which will see the association rake in K6 million (about $9 000).
The hike is contained in an activity report which outlines the association’s plans for the upcoming season.
According to the CRFA, clubs in the Premier Division will now be paying K120 000 (about $180) from K100 000 (about $150), those in the First Division will pay K100 000 up from K85 000 (about $127) while the Second Division teams will pay K75 000 (about $112) which has been raised from K65 000 (about $98).
CRFA general secretary Bernard Harawa has defended the hike saying it’s in line with the declining economy facing the country.
A 2015 financial report presented at the CRFA annual general meeting in Lilongwe on Saturday, shows that a bulk of the affiliation fee is spent on referees.
In 2014, the report shows that over K5 million (about $7 500) was spent on referees allowances and transport.
Mchinji Boma Stars general secretary Passwell Manase Phiri said the adjustments were necessary, but asked the CRFA to allow clubs to pay in instalments.
“Since some teams do not have sponsors, it is imperative for the association to allow them pay in phases,” he said.
CRFA has said the teams will be allowed to pay 80 percent of the fees before the season kicks off on April 30. n