The ownership wrangle between Mlatho Technologies and Mponela Communities over Mlatho Mponela has resurfaced.
Mlatho’s participation status in the Central Region Football Association (CRFA) Chipiku Premier Division was up for grabs.
In view of this, Mlatho Technologies has written Football Association of Malawi (Fam) seeking intervention on the matter.
“I write to seek Fam’s intervention following issues that arose during my telephone conversation with the General Secretary (GS) of CRFA. I made a call today (April 19, 2020) seeking registration of Mlatho Mponela FC into the Central Region Football League following our relegation from Super League last season,” reads part of the letter from Mlatho director Steve Chapola.
“During the call, I learnt from GS that Mlatho Football Club is on sale to someone in Mchinji aided by the CRFA without my knowledge. I could therefore not be allowed to register the team into the league. I find this a bitter pill to swallow and hence coming to Fam to rescue the team from this situation. Mlatho Mponela FC is a limited company and no one is eligible to make transaction on behalf of the team without the knowledge of any of the Mlatho Directors.”
But in reaction to the development, the club’s owner Gracias Chikoma, claimed he is the legitimate owner of the team.
“My plan is to loan out the team’s place to any interested team. I do not have enough money to pay for registration of the team so I decided to offer some teams the status of the team in the Premier Division. I have made this decision because our past immediate sponsors Mlatho Technologies have shown no willingness to bankroll the team,” he said.
“After all, we had no written agreement with Mlatho Technologies so they cannot claim ownership of the team.”
According to Chikoma, three teams namely Simbi FC from Mchinji, Make Sure Pirates (Lilongwe) and Nkhota-kota FC have expressed interest to buy their status in the Chipiku Premier Division on loan.
CRFA Vice General Secretary Antonio Manda, dismissed Mlatho Technologies claims.
“The issue should be discussed between Chikoma and Mlatho Technologies. The place for Mlatho is still intact in our records and we do not know if there was any transaction on the sale of the team,” he added.
Registration for teams in the Central Region is expected to close today. Mlatho were relegated from the TNM Super League alongside Masters Security and Dwangwa United.