Football Association of Malawi’s plans of introducing K1 million surety for Super League clubs ahead of every season has hit a snag after only two out of 16 teams deposited the money as of yesterday.
The other 14 clubs have until close of business today to meet the requirement which is among Club Licensing System requirements or risk not being registered for the forthcoming TNM Super League by the First Instance Body (FIB) as per Fifa prerequisite.
According to FAM licensing manager Casper Jangale, Azam Tigers, PremierBet Wizards and Epac/Civo United are also yet to submit other documents.
“Azam Tigers, PremierBet Wizards and Epac/Civo United have not fulfilled any condition as I am talking and if they do not submit the documents by close of business tomorrow [today], we will send an empty file to the FIB, which will determine their fate,” he said.
According to Jangale, after gathering all the submissions by the clubs, the FIB will meet tomorrow to determine which teams should be granted licences so as to be registered by the Super League of Malawi (Sulom).
He, however, said that clubs that will acquire the 70 percent mark in each of the five criteria, namely sporting, infrastructure, personnel and administration, legal and financial will be licensed.
“But a club that makes the grade in four of the five principles or less will qualify for a provisional licence. Such a club has to complete the requirements soon after the league’s first round and will be required to pay a fine that ranges from K50 000 to K1 million,” he said.
“Those whose marks will be between 0 and 49 will not be granted a licence. They will be required to appeal, against FIB’s findings within seven days from tomorrow. Then they will be given a five-day grace period to fulfill the requirements. Failure to do that will mean the club will no longer contest in the league.”
Wizards’ owner Peter Mponda, Epac/Civo vice-general secretary Trickson Chiutsi and and Tigers technical director Robin Alufandika have promised to submit the documents by today.
However, they had reservations over the K1 million surety.
Mponda concurred with Chiutsi that it is not fair for FAM to demand the sum when the clubs have already paid K150 000 registration fee to Sulom and another K1 million to FAM.
“We delayed to submit the documents because we wanted to put our house in order first. We have finalised most of the requirements and we will submit the document this Friday. However, I have to say the truth that we will not afford the K1 million surety because that is too much and unfair,” Mponda said. n