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Fam tough on club licensing

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has warned Super League clubs that effective next season, all players will be required to undergo proper medical examination as part of Club Licensing System requirements.

The association has also said it will put strict conditions on Team Doctors, saying only qualified medical personnel will be allowed to treat players on the pitch.

Fam Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, said although there was progress in the implementation of the Club Licensing, some clubs have not met requirements on Personnel and Administration.

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“Under Administration and Personnel, there will be conditions put on Team Medical Officers and the process of having players undergo proper medical examination before the 2017 season,” Jangale explained.

“On financial [criterion], clubs will be required to deposit a certain amount with Fam as security and get it at the beginning of the second round. We are pushing for K2 million as a starting point.”

Currently, domestic players do not go for proper medical examination and only a few clubs have trained medical personnel.

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Fam and Super League of Malawi (Sulom) are implementing Club Licensing requirements to improve domestic football standards.

Sulom Treasurer, Tiya Somba-Banda, recently said players’ medical examination was mandatory.

“It is ideal to have qualified medical personnel but we need to also consider the teams’ financial capabilities,” he said.

Silver Strikers’ Acting- General Secretary, Thabo Nyirenda, recently welcomed Fam’s directive on players’ medical test and team doctors.

“At Silver, we have been doing it, at least, during my time. The medical practitioners sign on the registration form that goes to Sulom,” Nyirenda said.

Eagles’ General Manager, Gabriel Chirwa, also concurred with Nyirenda saying players’ medical examination is essential.

Medical examination is essential for players before completing transfers, but in Malawi, players switch teams without undergoing medical examination.

Through club licensing, domestic clubs are expected to meet legal, financial, personnel and administrative criteria.

Clubs are also required to have a secretariat but only a handful have an office from where they operate.

Clubs were also directed to employ coaches with a minimum of Confederation of African Football (Caf) B Licences effective this season, a development which led to the firing of some coaches that fell short of the requirements.

However, Premier Bet Wizards were given until the end of the first round to employ qualified coaches but four weeks into the second round, the club is yet to engage a new mentor.

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