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Sulom gets more from club licensing

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By Peter Forte

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) is the biggest winner of club-licensing requirements as it is expected to get K43.2 million from the process.

The development comes after Football Association of Malawi (Fam) increased club’s surety from K1 million to K3 million.

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Each of the 16 clubs in the TNM Super League is supposed to pay K3 million on top of other requirements to get a licence to participate in 2022/ 2023 season.

Out of K3 million from each club, K2.7 million will go to Sulom for its operations as commitment to fulfill fixtures ahead of the new season whereas K300,000 will be channelled to Fam for other competitions organised by the association.

This means Sulom will get K43.2 million from the 16 clubs whereas Fam will receive K4.8 million.

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As of Friday, 13 clubs had already paid their surety through Fam.

Fam Compliance Manager Casper Jangale said it was a step in the right direction.

“The money will help Sulom in terms of their operations. We have started well and I hope things will improve,” Jangale said.

Sulom president Tiya Somba-Banda asked for more time before commenting on the matter.

Last week, Fam granted full licences to Lilongwe-based club Blue Eagles after meeting all the requirements.

Three teams, namely Nyasa Big Bullets, Silver Strikers and Ekwendeni Hammers, got provisional licences.

However, 12 clubs failed club-licensing requirements due to various reasons.

The clubs were given Friday deadline to meet the requirements before getting a licence.

Sports analyst Peterkins Kayira said it was strange that Fam has given a huge chunk of money to Sulom.

“I have no problem with Fam getting the money because they are the regulator of Malawi football. But why should Sulom get the money from clubs, yet it receives money from sponsorship,” said the former Flames midfielder.

Fam threatened that clubs that will not meet club-licensing requirements will be demoted.

Mighty Wanderers spokesperson Ernest Maganga said expectations were high ahead of the season.

“I am privileged to have worked in Sulom executive committee before, the body needs a lot of resources for it to effectively discharge its duties. I believe the money will help them a lot,” Maganga said.

The 2022/23 football season is expected to kick off on March 5 with a charity shield before the TNM Super League on March 12.

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