FAM to conduct workshops for premier league club officials

Referees

By Mana

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is to conduct workshops for premier league and lower league division club officials on football rules and regulations.

FAM President Walter Nyamilandu Manda disclosed Friday in Mzuzu during prize presentation ceremony of the 2014/2015 Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) Simama premier league.

The development comes in the wake of wrangles that engulfed the NRFA league for the past three seasons.

Last season, the league was characterized by disputes between Kaporo Stars and Mzuzu University (Mzuni) Football Club which ended in Mzuzu High Court where the former sought redress.

Kaporo Stars took the matter to the court despite FAM making a final ruling on the dispute in favour of Mzuni.

Mzuzu High Court Judge Dingiswayo Madise ruled that football matters are not resolved in such a court but rather in courts that deal with football administration issues at FIFA headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Speaking during the prize presentation ceremony, Nyamilandu Manda said the dispute was mainly due to lack of knowledge of football rules and regulations by some club officials and administrators.

“When new clubs come in leagues, there are also new members coming; so some of them are not aware of the rules of the game.

“So we have taken upon ourselves to have administration workshops regularly,” he said.

The FAM president added that workshops are already conducted regularly with Super League teams but there is need to extend them to premier and division one teams.

“Where there is one or two people meeting, there will always be disagreements and that is why we have disciplinary and appeals committee.

“We expect when those procedure are exhausted, people must accept the outcomes,” he said, adding that the association was not happy with the way NRFA league has ended for the past three seasons.

The NRFA general secretary Alfred Gunda welcomed FAM’s development saying it will bring together all football administrators in the region and educate them on the rules of the game.

Meanwhile, Gunda said this year’s premier league season is expected to kick off on May 17 and that registration is underway with clubs expected to pay K35, 000 as fees.

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