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Fam calls for another club licensing indaba

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Despite efforts to introduce club and player licensing, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is still facing hurdles in implementing the Fifa requirement.

The domestic football governing body has since called for a fourth stakeholders’ meeting to deliberate on the issue on August 8.

Fam has taken advantage of the season break to call stakeholders to a meeting.

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Fam Facility and Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, said the latest meeting would try to evaluate the progress made in the last eight months after it was announced that all clubs must embrace the requirement.

“We had another meeting at the beginning of the season where we set up some guidelines and basic requirements for club licensing,” he said.

“This time, we would like to see what progress has been made since the season kicked off.”

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Jangale, however, confessed that there had been little progress in implementation of the club and player licensing.

“Things seem not to be moving in the right direction. But as they say; Rome was not built in a day. We still have a long way to go, but we are trying our best,” he said.

“We still need to work together with Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and the clubs to make sure we are making progress in this mission.”

Sulom treasurer, Tiya Somba Banda, said they had made some progress in implementation of the club and player licensing.

“Right now, almost all clubs have contracts with their players unlike in the past when clubs were just having their players sign some piece of paper,” he said.

“We believe this is some progress and with the August 8 meeting coming up, we should be able to iron out some issues and forge ahead.”

Club licensing concept was first introduced in the domestic football in 2009 through the Lilongwe Declaration spear-headed by Fifa.

However, implementation of the document has met stiff resistance from stakeholders over the years.

Club licensing mainly focuses on professionalization and commercialisation of Super League clubs.

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