The Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) Premier League sponsor has lamented the poor showing of northern region promoted clubs in the TNM Super League. The situation TNM said undermines the development of football in the northern region.
The outcry comes as newly promoted Chitipa United faces an uphill task to starve off relegation as they sit at the bottom of the 16 team league, with only 4 points from 10 matches.
Speaking on Saturday at the official launch of the Simama Northern Region Premier League, at Karonga Community Ground, where there was a match between Karonga United and Iporta Shooting Stars, Pezani Simama, who spoke on the behalf of his father Bishop Abraham Simama, said it was dishearting to watch every year teams from the north unable to stand the heat of the Super League.
“As a sponsor, we don’t want our promoted clubs to return immediately to the lower divisions just after a season; we need them to stay in and establish themselves,” he said.
He also disclosed that consultations with the Simama management to raise sponsorship, which is currently at MK4 million, is being considered, and that an announcement will be made shortly.
In his remarks, Football Association of Malawi vice President Othaniel Hara, said there is need for all stakeholders to come together and find a lasting solution on why the northern region clubs are always relegated.
“This has been going on for too long, and goes beyond just poor planning; it could be psychological on the part of the players and coaches,” he lamented.
Currently Chilumba Barracks, head the 16 team in the Simama League, with 32 points from 15 matches, followed by Karonga United, who have 29 points from 14 games, who are a further 5 points clear of Rumphi Medicals, who have player 12 games.
Three teams, namely Chitipa United, Mzuni Football Club, and Moyale Barracks, are in the TNM Super League.