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Only Four Teams Pass Club Licensing Test

Written by Mar 22, 2017

Only four teams; Be Forward Wanderers, Blue Eagles, Dwangwa United and Moyale Barracks—have passed the club licensing test for the 2017 season.

To acquire licenses clubs were supposed to hit the 70 percent mark.

According to a statement signed by Football Association of Malawi (FAM) General Secretary Alfred Gunda, the Nomads have 78 percent followed by Eagles and Dwangwa on 75 percent while Moyale are fourth on 72 percent.

Red Lions (66), Silver Strikers (60) and Mafco (52) have acquired provisional licenses but have to reach the 70 percent mark soon after the league’s first round and will be required to pay a fine that ranges from MK 50 000 to MK 1 million.

Nine others, including defending champions Kamuzu Barracks (KB) and Nyasa Big Bullets have failed to make the grade.

According to a scrutiny conducted by the First Instance Body (FIB), Mzuni FC scooped 49%, Bullets 47, KB 45, Civo United/Epac tied at 40 while Chitipa FC got 39 percent.

But they have up to Friday to put their houses in order and reach at least the 50 percent mark for provisional licenses or risk going through the appeals committee, which will have a final say on whether to completely chop them from the league.

To qualify for full licenses, the clubs had to acquire the 70 percent mark in each of the five club licencing criteria, namely, sporting, infrastructure, personnel and administration, legal and financial.

“The FIB will have a last meeting to finalise the scrutiny of the submissions this Saturday. If the clubs fail to qualify on that day, they will go through the appeals committee, which will determine their fate,” Jangale said.

He said most clubs have failed on legal and finance criteria due to unclear ownership and unavailability of an accountant.


In spite of that, four clubs, namely, Be Forward Wanderers, Blue Eagles, Dwangwa United and Moyale Barracks have nothing to worry about as they have been granted full licenses.

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