The 2016/17 Super league season could be one of the interesting ones as only seven teams will be taking part if the other ‘eight teams’ fail to meet the Club Licensing dictates.
Earlier this week, the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) awarded licenses to six Super League clubs after recommendations from FAM Club Licensing System Committee (CLS) and only made an exception for one new team – Max Bullets.
Mighty Be Forward Wanderers, Mzuni F.C, Nysa Big Bullets, Dwangwa F.C, Silver Strikers and Blue Eagles got provisional licenses but they were also ordered to revisit special areas of their applications.
The other teams: Moyale Barracks FC, Civo United FC, Epac FC , Kamuzu Barracks FC, Red Lions FC and Mafco FC were all placed in a red zone where they got neither full nor provisional licences for numerous failures in key issues in the club licencing provisions.
Rookies Max Bullets have been given until the mid-season break to work on all their shortfalls for them to be awarded a provisional license or a full license.
The teams have been given up to Friday to clear the remaining dictates.
If they fail to do so, we could be seeing just seven clubs partaking in the league, which pundits keep saying could make Malawi one of the shameful footballing nations.
The irony on this is that the two other teams to join the league are not known yet. Officials are yet to name a replacement for Chilumba Barracks F.C who pulled out from the race just a week before it the kicks off due to financial constraints.
There is also a blank space for the 16th team in the league as a standoff on playoffs involving Dedza Young Soccer, Airborne Rangers and Wizards F.C remains tight. While some reports state that Dedza have made it clear they will not take part in the playoffs, it remains unknown if Wizards will be given the nod to be back in the league having won the first playoff match against Airborne.
There are just little over three days before the league starts and all is but unknown on the future of the season this year.