Financial constraints have forced Southern region TNM Super League clubs to doff-off their rivalry to form a committee that will be advancing and advocating on issues such as gate revenue, outsourcing, ticketing and gate charges, among others.
According to a draft letter seen by Nyasa Times and addressed to the Ministry of Sports and copied to Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and Football Association of Malawi (FAM), the clubs resolved to form the committee after noticing that their counterparts based in other regions are enjoying relatively steady budgetary and technical support from the public purse.
“We, the undersigned, Super League Football Clubs domiciled in the Southern Region hereby inform your respectively good offices that we conducted a meeting Limbe Country Club in order to discuss issues of mutual concern.
“We noted that our Football clubs unlike our counterparts based in different regions of the country enjoy relatively steady budgetary and technical support from the public purse.
“We noted that our Football clubs lack sound sponsorship from the public and private sector unlike our counterparts based in other regions for instance Silver Strikers, Civo, Blue Eagles, Mafco, KB and Moyale.
“Our clubs have resolved to advocate for adoption of mutual position on issues affecting but not limited to maximization of gate revenue, outsourcing, ticketing, gate charges, fixtures, player transfers, marketing and advertising rights and sponsorship,” reads the letter in part.
The clubs also claims that they realize the imperative necessity to collaborate in order to guarantee their survival, competition and positive performance on the part of the national football team.
“In exercise of our freedom of association enshrined in the Republican Constitution, we have unanimously resolved to form the Southern Region Super League committee as a platform to jointly engage relevant stakeholders on the matters outlined herein, amongst others,” reads the letter signed chairpersons of Mighty Wanderers, Big Bullets, Azam Tigers, Blantyre United and Envirom FC.
There will be monthly rotation of the “leader of our committee” with Azam Tigers chairing the committee in the month of August, Blantyre United will chair in the month of September, Envirom in October, Big Bullets in November with Mighty Wanderers in chairing the committee in the month of December.