Nkhata-Bay and Likoma shy away from Simama League

Mzuzu, Teams from Nkhata-Bay and Likoma districts have failed to participate in the Northern Region top flight Simama Football League for at least two consecutive seasons, a development officials have attributed to lack of sponsorship.

Nkhata-Bay District Sports Officer, Ellen Sibande, confirmed to Malawi News Agency (MANA) Wednesday that teams from the two districts have failed to participate in the Simama League.

For Nkhata Bay, two seasons of the league have passed without their participation. As for Likoma, they have never participated in the league, a situation widely seen as inhibiting young football talent due to lack of sponsorship.

Nkhata Bay District Sports Officer, Mercy Sibande assured soccer lovers that in the next season, teams from Nkhata-Bay will participate in the league.

As a district, we are lobbying for some resources for the teams to make sure they participate in the league next season without failure, she said.

Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) says has not received any report from these two districts stating reasons why they have failed to take part in the league.

NRFA Vice Chairperson, Felix Mbonekera Msiska who is also the region’scompetitions chairperson, told this reporter that on March 20, 2017, they called all interested teams to a meeting held at Mzuzu Stadium to inform them what they would need in the new season.

We were shocked by the absence of delegates from Likoma and Nkhata-Bay without any excuse, Msiska told Mana.

He said failure of teams to meet the conditions that NRFA requires, like sponsorship and good football pitches, hinder teams from participation in the league.

Failure to pay K 100 000 affiliation fee and lack of sponsorship might be major reasons why they have failed, as they need to have enough funds to enable them travel the whole Northern Region throughout the season,” Msiska added.

He bemoaned the teams’ failure to participate in the league, saying the development is hindering the players’ talents in the concerned districts.

The NRFA Vice Chairperson has since appealed to well-wishers to assist teams needing help, especially in Nkhata Bay and Likoma, so that they are also able to participate in the football competitions like the Simama League.

The Simama Football League 2017 season kicked-off on April 22,2017 with 16 teams from Mzimba, Rumphi, Karonga and Chitipa districts but none from Nkhata Bay and Likoma.

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA