Fourteen teams have applied to get a licence to participate in the 2023 Super League season but two regional champions risk expulsion after failing to beat the January 15 2023 deadline.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) recently announced that clubs that would not apply by January 15 would be left out, including teams fighting for promotion into the Super League from the two regions.
Fam Compliance Manager Casper Jangale said the 14 teams complied by January 15.
“At my level, the two teams from the regions will not be considered unless otherwise,” Jangale said.
The teams that have applied are Nyasa Big Bullets, Mighty Mukuru Wanderers, Silver Strikers, Blue Eagles, Civil Service United, Kamuzu Barracks, Red Lions, Moyale Barracks, Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar, Mafco, Ekwendeni Hammers, Mighty Tigers, Karonga United and Chitipa United.
According to Jangale, each team paid K150,000 as an application fee.
However, the teams fighting for promotion in the two regions were informed that that they should pay the money, which will be refunded if they do no earn promotion.
“We will not wait for them and we have no time to waste. The teams showed no interest in applying for the licence,” he said.
Fam gave all the regional leagues the deadline of December 31 2022 to conclude their leagues. However, only Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) identified its representatives before the deadline.
Central Region Football Association (CRFA) General Secretary Bernard Harawa Chiwiriwiri said they will identify Chipiku Stores League champions soon.
“By next week, we will have a clear picture on the title race,” he said.
The race for promotion spot is wide open in the Central Region, as all six teams have mathematical chances.
Extreme lead with 11 points from six matches, just two points above Wimbe United.
Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) Chairperson Raphael Humba was not available Tuesday.
However, SRFA Premier Division was delayed by a case where Fomo were accused of using two ineligible players by Changalume Barracks.
The regional champions face a race against time as Fam is set to fully implement Club Licencing requirements ahead of next season.
All the clubs must meet all the requirements to get the licence.
Fam added new criteria which is called Business and Commercial Criteria.
In addition, Fam has changed the Club Licencing grading system from ‘B’ Criteria, where determination was based on evaluation scores in terms of percentages upon fulfilment of all or some of the requirements, to ‘A’ Criteria, which is mandatory.