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Fam proposes extra K5 million surety for teams next year

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Casper Jangale

Super League teams could be forced to dig deeper into their pockets to take part in the 2023-24 football season following Football Association of Malawi (Fam)’s proposal to introduce K5 million surety under club licencing requirements.

Currently, Super League teams pay K3 million surety to Fam and Super League of Malawi (Sulom) as commitment.

The association has disclosed that the proposed surety will be refunded at the end of the first round.

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However, the proposal is subject to Fam Executive Committee’s approval.

Fam Compliance Manager Casper Jangale said, if approved, it would be implemented in the 2023-24 season.

“For next season, the surety is still at K3 million but there is a proposal that the teams should pay extra K5 million. The idea is to bring sanity to the game,” Jangale said.

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He said the K5 million surety would be introduced under financial criteria of the club licencing requirements.

Under this criterion, club licencing encourages clubs to disclose their source of funds and have proper management structures.

Mighty Wanderers acting spokesperson Ernest Maganga said the proposal was unfair.

“This is too much. Super League is not even a semi-professional league. Clubs are already struggling financially and it will be like milking a thin cow,” Maganga said.

On his part, Kamuzu Barracks General Secretary Christopher Njeula said the proposal for an extra surety was too harsh for the clubs.

“Fam is being unrealistic. Teams have struggled to raise the K3 million; so, where will they get another K5 million next year,” Njeula said.

Fam has granted a licence to Blue Eagles, with Nyasa Big Bullets, Silver Strikers and Ekwendeni Hammers getting provisional licences.

Out of 16 teams, 12 teams failed the test due to various reasons.

Before the start of the 2020- 21 season, Fam increased surety fees by 200 percent from K1 million to K3 million.

Then, the teams complained that it was on a higher side as they struggle financially.

If approved, it means Super League teams will pay a total of K8 million to get licences to play in the top flight league.

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