Football Association of Malawi (FAM) on Wednesday held a meeting with TNM in Blantyre where the association assured the Super League sponsors that the league will kick off with 14 teams and not six.
The meeting was called after the mobile service providers sought clarification on the number of teams to take part in the 2016 season following FAM’s announcement during the week that only six teams had been licensed.
Confirming the meeting, FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said they had assured the sponsors that the other teams had done enough to be granted provisional licences.
“A lot of work has been done between Tuesday and Thursday. The clubs that failed to get the licences have worked with our club licensing manager Casper Jangale to make sure they fulfil the remaining requirements,” he said.
“As of now, we are 100 percent sure that 14 teams will kick off the TNM Super League on Saturday. The other remaining two should be known by Tuesday next week after play-offs and promotion of a Northern Region Simama League side is sorted out.”
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) general secretary Williams Banda, who also attended the meeting with the sponsors, said they were relieved that a full number of teams would take part in the league.
However, he advised the clubs to continue with the reforms to beat the June deadline.
Meanwhile, the sponsors have promised another season.
“The moment that all soccer lovers have been waiting for is finally here. TNM is happy to see our players going back into the field. We are expecting high-level competition and improve standard of play right from the first game,” TNM public relations and sponsorship manager Limbani Nsapato said.
He called on all stakeholders to desist from engaging in any act of violence that would tarnish the good image of football in the country.
Defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets and Moyale Barracks clash in the opener at Kamuzu Stadium. n