In compliance with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Club Licensing System preliminary requirements, 12 teams have been suspended after they failed to meet the requirements. But Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has said these requirements should have been preceded by proper guidelines.
Williams Banda, General secretary of Sulom, called for guidelines as Fam Club Licensing Manager, Casper Jangale pointed out that only three teams had met their submission deadline on 31st January 2016.
“There is no problem in the suspensions themselves. If teams are resisting change, it is fine. But the suspension is very strong. The correct word should have been reminder. What were needed were guidelines,” Banda insisted.
Adding on, he emphasized that there is need for FAM and SULOM to work together.
“You cannot conduct seminars only and roll out the licensing. You need to demonstrate how it works as some teams take time to understand things. We should have started with model clubs.”
Casper Jangale, however, argues that teams were well aware of the needed requirements such as the need for youth teams, secretariat, medical insurance cover for players, audited bank accounts and qualified coaches.
“After the suspension, many clubs such as Big Bullets and Dwangwa United have started complying. The two teams have submitted 90 percent of the required documents,” he explained.
“We are doing this in good faith, otherwise we could have just left the teams to be scrutinized by the First Instance Board, which will eventually issue the licenses based on the submitted documents. This board comprises people who are not from the football circles and they are strict.”
The suspended teams were from Monday given 14 days to submit their documents or risk being banned for the rest of the season by the main body responsible for Club Licensing at Caf.
The rest of the suspended teams such as Blue Eagles, Mafco, Azam Tigers and Civo United are not allowed to do any transfer business or play in the next 14 days. The clubs were asked to submit their documents from last October.