March 2, 2017 by Staff Reporter
Four teams—Azam Tigers, Epac FC, PremierBet Wizards and newly-promoted Chitipa United are on the verge of being kicked out of the Super League for failing to submit club licensing documents.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) had set close of business Wednesday as the cutoff point for submissions.
FAM club licencing system manager (CLS) Casper Jangale said the development means they will not be vetted by the First Instance Body (FIB) and if they so wish, then they will have to file an appeal to the Appeals Committee to justify why their delay which goes with a K100 000 fee.
“We have to set a precedence and take a tough stance against those that have failed to meet the requirements. It cannot be business as usual, otherwise we will not be taken seriously,” said Jangale.
The teams that submitted the CLS documents as of wednesday are Silver Strikers, Kamuzu Barracks, Masters Security, Mafco FC, Blue Eagles and Blantyre United.
The others—Dwangwa United, Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC, Be Forward Wanderers, Nyasa Big Bullets and Moyale Barracks—had already submitted theirs before yesterday’s deadline.
Chitipa general secretary Marshall Mwenechanya said being a new team they needed more time to fulfil some of the requirements “and we hope the authorities will understand out situation.”
Among other requirements, clubs are supposed to have a youth team and a clear developmental programme; infrastructure which requires that a club should have a training base and match venue; administrative personnel which incorporates player contracts and technical staff qualifications.
This, according to Jangale, forms the bedrock as it also includes having a secretariat with at least one full-time employee [which could be an administrator or accountant or even both].
“Player contracts are mandatory and this year we have set CAF A licence minimum requirement for a technical director, CAF B licence for a head coach and CAF C licence for an assistant coach.”
The fourth criteria is financial and aims at promoting financial transparency, prudence and accountability.
“Clubs need to produce audited financial accounts and transact via banks,” said Jangale.
The fifth criteria incorporates ownership and control.-(Story by Football Association Of Malawi)