In a twist of events to the Northern Region Football Association’s never ending drama, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has said no team in the region will be allowed to participate in Carlsberg Cup unless if they are affiliated to the regional body.
Last week, 16 out of 18 Simama League clubs petitioned NRFA committee to step down or else they will not participate in this year’s Simama League.
The other regional leagues have since kicked off while in the north, the impasse has left the future of the league uncertain.
On Tuesday, Fam and sponsors unveiled details of the 2015 Carlsberg Cup in which 36 regional teams will compete in phase one with nine making it to the national phase to join 15 Super League teams.
Competitions manager, Gomezgani Zakazaka, has since warned that only those teams that are playing in the lower leagues would be allowed to participate.
“We only recognize teams that are affiliated to leagues under association football. The Carlsberg Cup regional phase will involve teams that are in the Premier Divisions of the regional leagues,” Zakazaka said.
“So, if they (clubs) are not affiliated to the NFRA’s league, they are not recognized. The rules and regulation recognizes teams affiliated to regional associations and Super League.”
Zakazaka said NRFA, CRFA and SRFA would run the competition at regional level on Fam’s behalf.
“The competition at that level is run by regional association on our behalf under our supervision,” he said.
“So no affiliation to the NRFA, no participation in the Carlsberg Cup.”
But the clubs have accused Fam of fueling the wrangles in the region by taking sides with the NRFA despite its own Arbitration Committee having recommended that NRFA should be disciplined since it was to blame for most of the wrangles.
In the letter to NRFA and Fam, the clubs blamed the executive committee for putting the league into disrepute.
“For the resent past three years, they have failed to come up with clear champion of the league as evidenced by the disputes involving Mzuni FC and Super Eagles FC in 2012/2013 season, Mzuni FC and Karonga United 2013/2014 season and Mzuni FC and Chilumba Barracks 2014/2015 season,” the letter read in part.
“Downside of all this, is that our teams from the north get relegated every season. Success under such an environment cannot be a good measurement of the extent to which the standard of the game in the region has developed despite developing good players.”
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