The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has announced that it has started registering teams that will be taking part in this year’s FISD Challenge Cup.
According to a press statement made available to Malawi24, the cup will be competed for by 29 district teams that won the 2016 Presidential Cup district championships and the 16 Super League teams.
“The FISD Challenge Cup will be participated by 16 Super League and 29 District teams who won the 2016 presidential Cup district championship,” reads part of the statement.
The statement further says that the 29 district teams will pay K20,000 each whereas the 16 Super League teams will cough K75,000 each as participation fee.
“The district teams will register with the Regional Football Associations in their respective regions by filling a form and paying a registration fee of K20, 000.00.
“The Super League teams will register directly with the FAM Secretariat by filling a form and paying a registration fee of K75, 000.00,” says the statement signed by Nyirenda.
According to the statement, registration for both categories will close on 4 September 2016.
On player eligibility, the Malawi FA said that the 16 Super League teams will use players registered with the Super League of Malawi and will use Sulom registration cards for identification.
The district champions will use players they registered during the Presidential Cup but will also be at liberty to beef up with any other players based in their respective districts who play for other teams in other leagues including regional leagues, but not Super League.
The statement added that the cup will be played on knockout basis starting with the district preliminary round which will be played in regional championships in their respective regions to come up with eight teams that will qualify for the national phase.
For the national phase, three teams will come from the South with Northern Region producing 2 teams whereas the Central region will produce 3 teams for the national phase.
The 16 Super League will also be involved in a preliminary round where they will be drawn against each other with the top eight teams from last season seeded. This phase will produce eight teams that will qualify for the national phase.
In the national phase all the teams will now go into the national draw from round of 16 all the way to the final.
The prizes for the competition will be distributed as follows:
Winner National K10,000,000
Runner up national K4,000,000
Champion Regional K1,000,000
Runners-up Regional K500,000
Third place Regional K250,000
Top Goal Scorer National K200,000
Top Goal Scorer Regional K50,000
Man of the Match from quarterfinals national K50,000
Other Incentives: Each of the 29 district teams will get a starter pack of K100, 000.00