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By Ronald Mpaso:

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has brought in new rules and regulations aimed at ensuring that the local game does not lag behind in complying with international requirements.

Among other things, the association wants referees, coaches and team administrators to join players in registering in the Mpira Connect system.

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Previously, only players were required to register in the electronic system to ensure professionalism in the running of the game in the country.

But during a two-day Mpira Connect and Club Licencing System workshop that ended yesterday at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, Fam told representatives of TNM Super League clubs that the registration is in line with international standard procedures.

Fam Club Licensing and Compliance Manager, Casper Jangale, said the move would bring sanity into the game.

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Jangale said clubs were also drilled in processes to be followed when registering players in the Domestic Transfer Matching System and the International Transfer Matching System.

“We are living in a global village and we must have all information about our clubs, players, referees, coaches and administrators at the touch of a button. We are happy that all major stakeholders in the game attended the workshop. We hope to make our game better in the year 2019,” he said.

Karonga United Chairperson, Alufeyo Chipanga-Banda, described the workshop as fruitful, saying it is important for all major players in the game to register.

“The game is all about organisation. We cannot be organised where there are no records. So we all need to be in Fam’s records to make life easier.

“I agree with everything that was deliberated on during the workshop except the requirement for clubs to pay a surety of K1 million to compete in the Super League. Fam should know that most of us are self-sponsored and raising money is not easy,” Chipanga- Banda said.

A statement released by Fam on Friday says the association’s Executive Committee members resolved that there would be no football for stakeholders who do not register online.

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