Nine out of 16 TNM Super League clubs yesterday failed to attend domestic transfer matching system [DTMS] workshop organised by the Football Association of Malawi (FAM).
The workshop was organised in the wake of Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and FAM’s concern over most clubs’ failure to embrace the new technological system.
Silver Strikers, Civil Sporting Club, Blue Eagles, Dwangwa United, Mafco FC, Kamuzu Barracks, Red Lions, Moyale Barracks and Karonga United were the teams that failed to send representatives to the meeting held in Blantyre.
Only seven teams—Azam Tigers, Nyasa Big Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers, Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC, Masters Security, TN Stars and Nchalo United—were represented.
Despite expressing disappointment with the other clubs’ absence, FAM transfer matching system manager Casper Jangale described the meeting as a success.
“We wish all the teams were represented. Nevertheless, some that did not show up such as Silver and Civil Sporting are conversant with the system as this was a refresher workshop. As for others that did not show up, they will be trained by their colleagues,” he said.
Silver general secretary (GS) Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda said their absence was not by design.
“It was not ill-will. I was preoccupied with other equally pressing matters and I delegated a colleague to represent me, unfortunately, he also failed to make it,” he said.
His Civil Sporting counterpart Ronald Chiwaula said: “I do not know what happened. Personally, I did not get the invitation. However, when we got the news late, we tried to ask our vice-chairperson to attend and I am yet to get feedback from him.”
However, Wanderers general secretary Mike Butao, who was in attendance, claimed that the unfortunate thing was that most of the teams that did not show up are the ones not conversant with the system.
“There could be a way to act on those that did not come as we all need to move at the same pace,” he said.
During the workshop, the clubs asked FAM if they could let Sulom to run the DTMS so that the association should concentrate on international transfers. They also said equipment would pose a challenge in the quest to fully embrace the system.
In response, Jangale said Sulom were already incorporated in the system, On the lack of equipment, the FAM official said for a start they would consider giving Sulom one or two laptops.