With just few days before the start of the 2018 soccer season, is looks like administrators and teams are not prepared to uplift standards in the country.
Despite the issue of football pitches not being fit to hold competitive matches; a development which soccer pundits like Charles Nyirenda have blamed, it has also been observed that players are being denied access to insurance benefits.
Only one team, the newly promoted Dwangwa United, has submitted the names of its players to the Football Players Association of Malawi.
Dwangwa United will make its debut in the super league this season.
Among other beneficiaries entitled to players are academics and financial investments.
Players registered under the association are entitled to several benefits such as insurance cover and a retirement package in form of money for investments.
In an exclusive interview with Capital FM, the association’s General Secretary Ernest Mangani shockingly said only rookies Dwangwa United have submitted the names of its players for registration to the association.
“So far it’s only Dwangwa that have submitted the names of the players to be registered under the association. At the moment we are processing their membership and we are expecting more teams to come forth by the end of the week,” highlighted the GS.
Mangani added that they are up to gear with those teams that will show interest to work with urgency in registering the players.
“If teams will not have submitted the names of their players by the start of the season, we will have already started covering benefits with Dwangwa,” he hinted.
The association was registered as a limited company in December last year and it comprises both current and former footballers.
The association is working with the soccer governing body, the Football Association of Malawi.