Lower Shire football giant Nchalo United have until next week to register with the Peter Mutharika Southern Region Football League (SRFL), general secretary George Pagaja has said.
â€œIf they are not ready, then we cannot wait any longer since the league is in progress,â€ Pagaja said on Thursday as it transpired that Nchalo are the only big-name yet to register in the Premier Division.
Earlier, Nchalo technical adviser Jones Napolo feared that the team might close shop if it does not retain the bulk of its players. Napolo on Thursday confirmed that the team is yet to register. Registration costs K80 000 (about $270).
Nchalo general secretary Phillip Kamchera said while the team has managed to entice back its core of the squad that had left for Estate League, lack of sponsorship was delaying the registration.
â€œWe need over K1 million [$4 000] to get started but there is only K160 000 [about $640] in our coffers. We are talking to Illovo management and their contracted companies to see if they can subsidise our costs. We started looking for sponsors sometime back, but we have been delayed by unfulfilled promises,â€ Kamchera said.
The Premier Division enters the second week on Saturday.