Malawi football is heading towards disaster after Confederation of African Football (Caf) moved in to exclude clubs, coaches, administrators and players from its programmes following the failure to fulfill continental football governing body's newly introduced requirements for club licensing.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has confirmed that Malawi is not on the list of countries set to benefit from Caf and Fifa's various programmes aimed at improving club football.
Super League coaches and administrators are the worst affected since they cannot benefit from Caf training.
Without the training, the coaches will not be eligible to coach outside the country since they will not have licenses.
Malawi has already missed out on the Coaching License workshop which Caf organised from January 9 to11.
Super League players will also be left out of the electronic players' registration and licensing exercise that Caf has introduced to be used during transfers.
Through this system players are supposed to have licenses (in form of cards) with registration number to be use when playing in different competitions.
Caf introduced tough club licensing system as a condition for participation in its competitions.
The requirements demand that clubs should have physical address, a stadium, youth development programs, employed secretariat, audited financial accounts and a technical committee with qualified officials.
However, stakeholders say failure to implement Lilongwe Declaration which was signed three years ago by Fam, Sulom and clubs, as the reason behind this predicament.
In the Declaration, the stakeholders among other things pledged to make sure Malawi clubs fulfill most of the Caf requirements.
Fam general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said Malawi clubs do not meet the requirements hence Caf decision to sideline them.
"The new online registration of players in Caf Champions and Confederations competitions is a wake up call to the way football is managed here in Malawi. Time has come that we should professionalize our Leagues and clubs. Clubs should have proper structures and facilities. Clubs should employ full time CEOs, Marketing Managers, Accountants, Communication Managers, etc to implement decisions made by the board. "
"Malawi had its training programme under this programme in 2009 and the Lilongwe Declaration has not been acted upon. The CAF requirements are contained in the Lilongwe Declaration and until such a time that the Declaration is taken seriously then we can be in line with the CAF requirements," Nyirenda said.
However, Sulom has faulted Fam for failing to take a leading role in making sure that the Declaration is implemented.
Sulom president Innocent Bottoman said Fam deliberately ignored the Declaration.
"Just last year at the AGM in Nkhata Bay we reminded Fam about the Declaration and the need to implement it. What we got was shocking...the motion was shot down," he said.
Bottoman said he was heavily affected by the situation because in his campaign he had promised to make sure the declaration was implemented.
"I remember when Fam president Walter Nyamilandu was re-elected he approached me and we pledged to work together to make sure the declaration is implemented. But up to now nothing has been done.
One of the points that face resistance from Fam is a recommendation that Sulom president should be Fam vice president responsible for competitions in order to introduce a synchronised calendar,
On the other hand, Fam has faulted Sulom of ignoring the recommendation to trim the number of Super League teams and making sure an organisation like Malawi Defence Force has one team in the league.