Eight out of 14 Super League clubs have not been granted licences to participate in the 2016 TNM Super League that kicks off this Saturday.
Be Forward Wanderers and Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC are the only teams that have been granted full licences while Blue Eagles, Nyasa Big Bullets, Silver Strikers and newly promoted Dwangwa United got provisional licences.
Moyale Barracks, Civo United, Epac FC, Kamuzu Barracks, Red Lions, Mafco, Max Bullets and Azam Tigers have not been granted licences and have up to Thursday to fulfil their shortfalls to be reconsidered, according to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) club licensing manager. Casper Jangale.
“The other eight clubs have been communicated on their shortfalls and they need to submit relevant documents by close of business on Thursday,” Jangale said.
The development might have an impact on the league which kicks off this Saturday.
FAM announced the results of club licensing assessment yesterday at a press briefing at Mpira Village in Chiwembe Blantyre.
Tigers chairperson Sydney Chikoti said they would not manage to fulfil the requirements.
“With the current financial status of our team, I cannot guarantee that we will meet the requirements by Thursday. If they want to expel us, let it be,” he said.
Malawi Defence Force (MDF) chief training officer Brigadier Alick Mhone said it was up to their individual clubs to meet the requirements.
“We wil communicate to the clubs to do everything possible to meet the requirements. They get money from gate collections and they are supposed to meet the requirements on their own,” said Mhone.
Some of the requirements that the clubs failed to meet are a minimum of CAF B coaching licences for their head coaches, club statutes or constitution, secretariat details and infrastructure details comprising their match venue, contract agreement, stadium safety certificate and training ground.
The clubs are also required to submit their audited accounts, pay K100 000 application fees and put forward names of youth coaches and their certificates (minimum FAM C coaching licence.)
Sulom general secretary Williams Banda was optimistic that the affected clubs will make it by Thursday. n