The Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) says it has to set very strict measures in ensuring that all teams that have expressed interest to compete in the 2018 Simama league have clear ownership as well as sound financial status.
Out of a total of 30 teams which included those that finished in the top ten ranks in the 2017season, only six teams have been given a go ahead to participate in the 2018 Simama edition.
NRFA General Secretary, Masiya Nyasulu in an interview said the association had to scrutinize all the teams that applied, and had to choose the best 18 teams basing on last year’s log standing as well as ownership and financial status of the new entrants.
“The criterion for choosing the teams was that the top teams from last season stood a better chance to take part in this year’s season since we were sure of their ownership and financial status.
“We also agreed to register new entrants so that they are given a chance to showcase their skills and I am proud to inform the nation that about six new teams have been admitted,” said Nyasulu.
He said sound financial status is an important factor to avoid instances where some teams fail to fulfill league assignments on grounds of financial hiccups.
The new entrants in this year’s Simama League include Thunduwike Football Club, Nkhata Bay United, Chilumba United, and Katowo Young Soccer.
According to Nyasulu, the new entrants were also assessed based on their transport availability, condition of playing fields and coaches’ professionalism with emphasis on such personnel to possess minimum of Football Association of Malawi (FAM) C License.
Old timers which are expected to contest in the league include Chilumba Barracks, Lura, Bolero United, Manyamula, Mbawa and Ekwendeni United football clubs.