Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) has hiked the Simama Premier League affiliation fee from K70 000 to K100 000.
This follows a meeting NRFA had with the teams’ representatives in Mzuzu on Sunday.
Speaking in an interview soon after the meeting, NRFA general secretary Masiya Nyasulu said the hiked fee will complement the cost of running the league.
“The good thing is that the teams have understood the reason behind the increase and supported the proposal,” he said.
The league is sponsored by Bishop Abraham Simama to the tune of K4 million.
According to Nyasulu, the 2016 season had officiating challenges due to insufficient funding.
“We were failing to allocate qualified referees to other games. This created problems as unqualified referees officiated some games,” he explained.
On his part, Mchengautuwa FC chairperson David Katete, who speaks on behalf of North Premier League teams, said they expect an improvement in the running of the league with the fee hike.
“We are not complaining with the increment. Actually, teams supported the hike because they want to have a well run league in 2017. We realise that the amount was on the lower side,” he said.
Meanwhile, Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) chairperson Raphael Humba has indicated that they will hike the Premier League affiliation fee from K150 000 to K180 000.
“Obviously we will increase the fee mainly for the Premier League. There will be no change for Division One currently pegged at K150 000,” he said.
Central Region Football Association chairperson Austin Ajawa said the committee is yet to meet to decide on the current fee of K120 000 for Premier League.