Football Association of Malawi (Fam) will from next season start banning clubs that owe their players and technical panel members money.
Fam Transfer Matching Systems and Compliance Manager Casper Jangale said the move comes in the wake of some clubs’ failure to pay their players.
Jangale said they wanted to stem increasing cases of clubs failing to pay their players and technical staff.
“Fifa and Fam rules on the regulation and status of the transfer of players clearly stipulate that if players or technical panel members are not paid their salaries within 15 days from the due date, they must report the matter to Fam and the contract between the two parties will be terminated. This means they can join another club. This has been happening for some time now and we want to bring the practice to an end. We will now start punishing such clubs by applying the law. We will now effect all these rules come next year,” Jangale said.
Football Players Union General Secretary Ernest Mangani said they supported the move.
“We commend Fam for showing seriousness in applying laws that safeguard player welfare. These laws were not being taken seriously in the past. So, we are in total support of this arrangement.
“Players and technical panel members have always been taken for granted despite their contribution to clubs’ success. We believe the situation will change for the better now. This exploitation has been there for far too long and it must end,” Mangani said.
Karonga United General Secretary Ramzy Simwaka said his club did not expect to fall victim to the ban after being embroided in payment wrangles with former coach Dan Dzinkambani.
“We are a club that has the welfare of players and technical panel members at heart. As we speak, there are one month arrears for our players and technical panel and we are making every effort to pay them in the next few days,” Simwaka said.
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