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Fam hands 4 clubs lifeline

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Casper Jangale

Four unlicenced TNM Super League sides have been given hope that they will get licenced before the top flight league kicks off on Saturday.

Red Lions, Rumphi United, Kamuzu Barracks and Mighty Tigers twice fell short of club licencing requirements.

However, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Licencing and Compliance Manager Casper Jangale was confident that the quartet would join the rest of the teams when the association’s First Instant Body (FIB) releases review results.

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“The four teams had shortfalls ranging from non-payment of licensing fees (in full) to having overdue payables towards players (in terms of salaries/monthly upkeep). The remaining clubs have managed to meet these shortfalls and we are just waiting for final endorsement of the Fam FIB.

“But looking at the grades these clubs got, between 78 and 83 percent, they will definitely get the licences,” he said.

Jangale said some concerns that were to do with grounds had also been addressed.

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“As for infrastructure, looking at the shortfalls encountered during the first inspection, the venue owners have managed to address the shortfalls,” he said.

Tigers Chairperson Sydney Chikoti said they were keenly waiting for the results.

“We did everything possible to be eligible for the licence,” he said.

Last month, the FIB licenced a total of 11 clubs including Blue Eagles, Nyasa Big Bullets, Moyale Barracks, Civil Service United, Silver Strikers, Sable Farming, Karonga United, Mighty Wanderers, TN Stars, Mafco and Dedza Dynamos.

Fifa introduced club licencing regulations with the aim improving the level of professionalism, promoting transparency in the finances of clubs and promoting transparency in ownership and control of the clubs.

Club licencing was designed in five criteria and minimum requirements namely sporting, infrastructure, personnel and administration, legal and financial criteria.

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