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Clubs query deadline, 5 teams pay licencing fees

Ekwendeni United in action last season

Casper Jangale

Some Super League clubs have asked Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to further consider extending the deadline for the payment of K3 million licencing fee.

This comes after five of the 16 Super League teams paid the fee as of Wednesday.

However, Fam Licencing Manager Casper Jangale was reluctant to comment on the issue but disclosed that only five had paid licencing fees before Wednesday’s extended deadline.

“I will come back to you but we had a total of five teams before the deadline,” he said.

Initially, the deadline was on Friday last week but Fam extended it to Monday before being extended further to Wednesday.

Civil Service United General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula expressed the club’s dissatisfaction with Fam’s decision to extend the deadline by only two days.

“Much as we appreciate the gesture of Fam for extending the deadline until Monday but we still feel that it is not enough. We would like Fam to consider extending the deadline until this month-end,” he said.

Chiwaula said Civil were yet to receive their subvention from their sponsor, hence the failure to pay the licence fee.

“Besides that, we also have issues to fix our stadium in line with the recommendations. There are a lot of things that the clubs need to work on,” Chiwaula said.

Ekwendeni Hammers Patron Gift Mkandawire said Fam should be considerate on issues to do with club licencing fee.

“We are coming from a difficult year when teams missed out on gate revenue following Covid restrictions. Most teams will rather use that amount for preparations,” he said.

The development comes at a time some clubs have asked Super League of Malawi to consider holding an annual general meeting before the season kicks-off on February 26.

Teams want to discuss issues to do with TV broadcasting rights and match fixing, among others.

Analysts have urged Super League of Malawi to hold an annual general meeting before the season kicks off to iron out issues including broadcasting rights and match fixing allegations.

Recently, Sulom insisted that the season will kick-off on February 26 without answering on the league’s stand on Agm.

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