FAM has said Be Forward Wanderers, Karonga United and TN Stars are the remaining clubs to apply for club licensing consideration to play in the in the TNM Super League in the 2020 season.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) licensing and compliance manager Casper Jangale said the development means the three teams cannot take part in any club licensing transactions.
“Basically application for club licensing is the first step that is undertaken every season and the cutoff point for this year is January 31.
“Thereafter, we are supposed to go into the next step which is submission of documents relating to club licensing requirements,” he said.
Jangale said as a result of the three teams’ failure to submit their applications, they did not take part in the club licensing and gate management workshop that was held in Blantyre on Saturday.
“Wanderers only sent an application letter without the K150 000 application fee and, therefore, their application could not be processed.
“As for the other two clubs, they did not even file the application letters. We are hoping that they will do that before we get to the next step” he said.
However, Nomads chairperson Gift Mkandawire played down the issue yesterday, saying their failure to complete the process “was just an oversight”.
He said: “Our administration manager Stevie Pelemeza was supposed to do that as well as attend the club licensing workshop, but it was just over looked on our side. Otherwise, we are committed to fulfil the club licensing requirements.”
His Karonga United counterpart Alufeyo Chipanga Banda attributed their failure to submit their application to communication breakdown within the executive.
“I thought our GS [general secretary] had done that… Anyway I will follow up with him. We will send the application complete with the fee,” he said. Among the requirements for club licensing are that a club should have reserve and youth teams and a clear developmental programme; infrastructure which requires a club to have a training base and match venue; administrative personnel which incorporates player contracts, a secretariat and a minimum of CAF B coaching license for the head coach.