Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has announced that the 2016-17 TNM League season will commence on 9th April, 2016 and Sulom General Secretary Williams Banda has since asked all clubs to follow all the right procedures but emphasized on the issue of club licensing.
Banda urged all teams to fulfil all the requirements of club licensing before the closing date which is 31st March as set by the country’s soccer governing body Football Association of Malawi (Fam).
Banda said teams should pay club licensing fee (K100, 000.00) and Super League affiliation fee (K150, 000.00) in time to avoid inconveniences.
According to Banda, there will later be an inspection team to monitor whether or clubs have fulfilled the club licensing requirements or not and failing which, those that have failed will not be allowed to
Among other things on the club licensing list, teams need to have a reserve side, training and game venue with contracts with stadium owners, constitution, secretariat office, well structured technical panel, submit team colours among others.
Meanwhile, FAM Transfer and Systems Manager Casper Jangale said teams are responding well.
He cited Mighty Be Forward Wanderers as the first team to have taken great strides as they have already achieved some of the requirements of club licensing.
According to Jangale, Wanderers who already have a reserve side and offices have already submitted their club constitution and qualifications of their technical panel.
FAM warned recently that any club that will not be accorded a licence will not be allowed to play in the Super League as well as other trophies.
This is part of commercialization campaign and to ensure that Malawi football is being run professionally like it is done in any other countries.