Super League teams should brace for tough times ahead as Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is set to fully implement mandatory club licencing requirements ahead of the 2023 football season.
The association has added new criteria, called Business and Commercial Criteria, aimed at assisting clubs look for new and different sources of revenue in addition to existing ones including gate revenue and sponsorship.
In addition, Fam has changed the Club Licencing grading system from ’’B’’ Criteria, where determination was based on evaluation scores in terms of percentages upon fulfilment of all or some of the requirements, to ’’A’’ Criteria, which is mandatory.
This means failure to meet any mandatory or compulsory requirement will be deemed as failure to comply.
The Club Licensing window for 2023 opened Sunday and will expire on January 15 2023.
Failure to apply by January 15 will mean teams will be expelled from the Super League. This applies to all Super League teams as well as for teams fighting for promotion to the Super League in all the regions.
Fam Compliance Manager Casper Jangale said the honeymoon is over.
“Among other objectives, we want to ensure that clubs have a set of objectives, targets and strategies so that business performance can be monitored; ensure that commercial activities are given priority with a focus on revenue diversification and increasing fan attendance as well as experience,’’ Jangale said.
Jangale said the association has organised a workshop in Lilongwe this month aimed at updating clubs on applicable regulations and requirements for the award of club licences for the next season.
Nyasa Big Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga said the club is not panicking.
All the teams participating in the Super League must own a women’s football team. Only Nyasa Big Bullets, Civil Service United, Blue Eagles, Moyale Barracks and Kamuzu Barracks have registered women’s football teams.
Silver Strikers Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali said it was a tricky issue.
“Fam should be serious on the issue of infrastructure. Some of the pitches do not qualify to host Super League matches,’’ Chimbali said.
Fifa introduced club licencing regulations with the aim of improving the level of professionalism, promoting transparency in the finances of clubs and promoting transparency in ownership and control of clubs.