FAM has written Super League of Malawi (Sulom) to ensure that all clubs comply with club licensing regulations if they are to participate in organised competitions starting next April.
However, the directive issued in a letter of December 15 2014 by Football Association of Malawi (FAM) chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda, is likely to put FAM and Sulom on a collision course.
The directive follows three consultative meetings held in January and March this year.
“All Super League clubs will be required to obtain a licence from FAM prior to participating in the league and all other competitions organised by FAM. We, therefore, submit to your body Sulom the draft FAM club licensing regulations for your appreciation and input,” Nyirenda wrote.
“You are also required to insert statutory clauses in your statutes in the following two standard clauses, pertaining to the implementation of the club licences as per Article 56 of CAF statutes.”
Sulom was not yet ready with its official position as went to press, but Sulom general secretary Williams Banda, who is away, seems to have reservations.
“They say this should be in the statutes, so what will be the role of Sulom executive committee versus club licensing committee? Another regulatory capture I think?” Banda, who is out of the country, commented on the letter which Sulom circulated to stakeholders.
Licensing requirement mandates clubs to own secretariat and full-time employees, produce financial statements, have players on contracts, a youth team and a home ground.
This year’s Super League champions Big Bullets were asked to ensure these minimum requirements before applying for the 2015 CAF Champions League participation.