With just two weeks before the kickoff of the new season, six clubs risk being expelled from the TNM Super League for failing to fulfill Club Licencing requirements.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) awarded full licences to eight Super League clubs that met the Club Licencing B Criteria grading system under the green range and two clubs that were given provisional licences.
The clubs that risk expulsion are Karonga United, Chitipa Uni ted, Mzuzu Warriors (formerly Mzuni FC), Ntopwa, TN Stars and Civil Sporting Club whose application was turned down due to problems in name change.
Club Licencing and Compliance Manager, Casper Jangale, said the remaining six clubs’ documents were not considered for their failure to pay the K1 million commitment fee.
“The K1 million commitment fee is supposed to be on the table before the FIB [First Instance Body] look at their documents. The clubs have been given up to Thursday, 12th March for them to commit themselves by paying the K1 million before the FIB meets again on Saturday, 14th March 2020, failing which is an indication that they will no longer be part of the 2020 Super League season,” Jangale said.
“The clubs have also been fined K100,000, except Civil Sporting whose application was rejected for presentation technicalities after submitting documents bearing Civo Service Club which was relegated few years back. The club has since been advised to re-submit documents bearing Civil Sporting.”
Civil General Secretary, Ronald Chiwaula, said they submitted all the necessary documents.
“We will respond to Fam but we followed all the procedures and it is a surprise to us,” he added.
The association’s FIB met on Saturday as they reviewed the applications from 16 Super League teams. But out of 16 teams, only eight clubs got full licences after scoring 70-100 percent.
Moyale Barracks scored the highest marks of 88 percent followed by rookies Ekwendeni Hammers on 81 percent whereas Silver Strikers came third and Kamuzu Barracks came third and fourth with 77 percent, respectively.
Mafco also scored 74 whereas Red Lions managed 73 followed by Be Forward Wanderers on 72 and Nyasa Big Bullets 71. Blue Eagles and Mighty Tigers were given provisional licences for scoring 68 percent which is in the yellow range of 56-69 percent.
Eagles chairperson, Alexander Ngwala, said his team was not concerned with the provisional license.