FAM, SULOM differ on transfer window closer

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Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Super League of Malawi (SULOM) have different views on whether the 2020 transfer window has been closed or not with the elite league governing body saying it is closed while the country’s FA insisting it’s still open.

Initially the 2020 TNM Super League season was expected to kick off on 21st of March but was postponed due to fears over the deadly Coronavirus and according to Sulom general secretary Williams Banda the transfer window closed on 31st of March which was the date they had already set to end business between teams wanting to exchange players.

“We gave teams a chance to buy and sell players during the transfer window which we closed on 31st of March as we had initially planned and teams who wanted to do transactions have done so. What remains is for the information to be imputed in the Mpira connect and transfer matching system to show which player has moved from team A to team B and for teams who had already started player negotiations before the close of the window to finalise everything and not for teams to negotiate new deals,” Banda said.

On their part, football association through club licensing and transfer matching system officer Casper Jangale insisted the transfer window does not close when the league has not kicked off and teams can still negotiate new deals to buy or sell players.
“The transfer window closes 10 days after kick off of the elite league and in this case we have not yet started games for this season. For that reason, the transfer window is still open until when the league will kick off,” Jangale said.

It remains to be seen as to when the Super League will kick off as it was suspended due to fears over the COVID-19 which has affected most sporting disciplines across the world.

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