Masters, Mlatho risk exclusion from Super League

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says Masters Security and Mlatho Mponela are the only clubs yet to submit a request for consideration to play in the top-flight Super League in the 2019 season under the club licensing system (CLS).

FAM licensing and compliance manager Casper Jangale yesterday said this time around they will show no mercy to clubs failing to meet the club licensing requirements.

Jangale: There will be no mercy

“The cut-off point was Sunday [January 13] and the two teams never gave reasons for their failure to submit their requests and our stand is that they will not be allowed to participate in the 2019 season.

“In the past, we were lenient, but it is now time that the clubs realised that we are serious. We need to move forward,” he said.

Jangale said the request has a K150 000 fee.

“Only the Chitetezo Mbaula Southern Region Football League has been exempted because they are yet to identify their champions.”

He said the 2018 season licenses expired on December 31.

However, Masters owner Alfred Gangata said he only learnt yesterday that his club is set to submit its request.

“I have just been informed by Casper about it, but we will plead with them to allow us submit the request by tomorrow [today],” he said.

On his part, Mlatho technical director Eddie Ng’onamo said he would take up the issue with the club’s administrator.

“Honestly, its news to me. Otherwise, I will take it up with the relevant authorities,” he said.

Among the requirements for club licensing are that the club should have reserve and youth teams and a clear developmental programme; infrastructure which requires a club to have a training base and match venue; administrative personnel which incorporates player contracts, a secretariat and a minimum of CAF B coaching license for the head coach and CAF A license for the technical director. n

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