Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has said with effect from next season, Super League clubs will be required to deposit K5 million as a commitment towards fulfilling Club Licensing System (CLS) requirements.
FAM club licensing manager Casper Jangale told Nation on Sunday in an interview on Tuesday that if club licensing is to progress, there is need to implement enforcement measures.
“It is not like we are punishing the clubs. The money deposited still belongs to them and will be refunded to them. We just want to ensure that clubs are serious and in case they fail to meet some requirements, then we will be able to punish the clubs through fines from the same money,” said Jangale.
“As a first step, we will start with clubs in the Super League, then we will extend to the regional leagues. In July, we plan to have meetings with all Super League clubs on the same.
“Even if we have just eight teams complying, that’s a good start for us. We want clubs to be serious in their operations and be innovative enough to come up with ways of generating money.”
Some of the clubs in the top-flight league have no sponsorship, but the CLS requires that they should have a secretariat complete with an accountant and administrator.
“There is also a need to create a marketing department to sell the club. It is possible to achieve this if well planned,” said Jangale.
Reacting to the development, Be Forward Wanderers general secretary Mike Butao said if FAM implements that, there will be relaxation on the part of clubs.
“As Wanderers, we already have a marketing department and an administrative secretary on full-time basis. This was done before FAM implemented club licensing,” said Butao.
New Super League entrants, Dwangwa United, said the plans by FAM, if done in good faith, will benefit the clubs in the long run.
“As Dwangwa, I believe we can afford that, but not all clubs are financially stable.
“Nevertheless, we welcome the meeting which they are planning next month where clubs will be able to fully discuss and look at merits and demerits of the arrangement,” said Dwangwa team manager Dave Mwandira. n