There is no sign of life for the pre-season K12 million (about 33 333) Fellowship Association of Malawi (Fama) Cup this year with FAM and Sulom in the dark on the future of the tournament.
On Tuesday, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda said Fama has not registered the cup with the association. The season starts next month.
“There was an agreement at our recent annual general meeting that no cup would be played without first being licensed by FAM. To earn a licence, there is no fee attached. We ask for proof of contracts with the teams involved and terms of reference,” he said.
In a separate interview on Tuesday, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) general secretary Williams Banda said FAM were better-placed to comment on the issue since such events are under the association’s jurisdiction.
Fama organising secretary Japhet Majekete could not be reached for comment.
Last May, Majekete told The Daily Times that: “Football enthusiasts can now be assured that Fama Charity Bonanza will always be there. We are now in the process of registering the cup with FAM.”
Fama Cup was born two years ago. Last year, Blantyre teams joined and Blue Eagles were the last winners after beating Big Bullets on post-match penalties.
Fama eventually failed to honour some prize money obligations. Winners were expected to pocket K3 million while runners-up and third-placed teams were supposed to receive K1 million and K500 000 respectively.