Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has raised the surety fee needed for a team to play in the TNM super league from k1 million to k3 million ahead of the 2020 season.
FAM, in its club licensing calendar of events, has asked teams which will play in the top flight league next season to pay the fee by 1st March 2020. Self-sponsored teams such as Karonga United, Mzuni, Tigers and Chitipa United has described the decision as a big blow as they already struggle financially.
In an interview, FAM club licensing manager Casper Jangale said the FAM has made the decision to safeguard teams participation in the top-flight league.
“The decision is to make sure that all the teams fulfil all their fixtures and we will refund half of the surety money after the first round with the other half to be given back at the end of the season”, Jangale said.
Jangale also said the FAM will be much more strict this time on club licensing rules to make sure everything is in place.
“We need to emphasize on the importance of our clubs following all the necessities of club licensing if we want our football to develop further. This time around we will make sure each and every team to play in the super league next season has a well-established office, training ground, contracts with players as well as a pitch for competitive games. Failing which, the teams will be sent back to lower division leagues”, he said.