Only four teams qualify for Club licensing

Wanderers, Blue Eagles, Dwangwa United and Moyale Barrack have passed the club licensing test for the 2017 season.

To acquire licenses clubs were supposed to hit the 70 per cent mark.

Commenting on the matter on Tuesday, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Club Licensing Manager, Casper Jangale said the Nomads have 78 percent followed by Eagles and Dwangwa with 75 per cent each whilst Moyale are fourth on 72 percent.

Red Lions (66), Silver Strikers (60) and Mafco (52) have acquired provisional licenses but have to reach the 70 percent mark soon after the league’s first round and will be required to pay a fine that ranges from K50, 000 to K1 million.

Nine other teams including defending champions Kamuzu Barracks (KB) and Nyasa Big Bullets have failed to make the grade.

Jangale said the clubs that have failed the test can try and meet the requirements by Friday.

According to a scrutiny conducted by the First Instance Body (FIB), percentages were allocated as follows; Mzuni FC (49), Bullets (47), KB (45), Civo United/Epac (40), Chitipa FC (39), Masters Security (39), Blantyre United (38), Azam Tigers (36) and Premier Bet Wizards (two).

The teams have up to Friday to put their houses in order and reach at least the 50 per cent mark for provisional licenses or risk going through the appeals committee, which will have a final say on whether to completely chop them from the league.

To qualify for full licenses, the clubs had to acquire the 70 percent mark in each of the five club licensing criteria, namely; sporting, infrastructure, personnel and administration, legal and financial.

“The FIB will have a last meeting to finalize the scrutiny of the submissions this Saturday. If the clubs fail to qualify on that day, they will go through the appeals committee, which will determine their fate,” Jangale said.

He said most clubs have failed on the legal and finance criteria due to unclear ownership and unavailability of an accountant.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA