By Shadreck Maoni:
Central Region Football Association (CFRA) has sent a warning to central region second lower division teams to avoid transferring of players from teams that have already played in the competition.
The warning comes as the Unayo first divion league, which is bankrolled by Standard Bank, is going into its second round.
Speaking after the draw at Civo stadium in Lilongwe on Wednesday, CRFA General Secretary Bernard Chiwiruwiru Harawa said teams should not take advantage that other teams failed to qualify for the second round then they should buy or loan players from those teams.
Harawa said any player that was involved in the competition this year will not be allowed to transfer to another team.
“There is a reason we are warning teams of this malpractice. We dont want to see teams that failed to qualify for this round to be seen as aiding others to progress by selling them players. If a team wants to register new players, that team should make sure the player was never part of any team involved in the first round of the competition”, said Harawa.
The draw divided the last 12 teams into two groups as follows:
Lizulu Superstars FC
M’balang’ombe Real Bombers
Santhe Admarc FC
Blue Eagles Reserves
Kasiya Hungry Tigers
And the first fixtures that are scheduled to kick off from 8 October are as follows:
Zaithwa FC vs Nsalu United
Makesure Pirates vs M’balang’ombe Real Bombers
Lizulu Super stars FC vs Hope Academy
Kamba FC vs Blue Eagles Reserves
Kasiya vs Santhe Admarc
Angoya FC vs Obings Pirates
Harawa added that the draw was transparent and expect the tempo of the competition to rise.
“The draw was transparent enough, we involved teams, the media and as well administrators. From here going forward what we expect is stiff competition and massive entertainment”, he added.
This is the first season where central region division teams are competing since the coming in of Standard Bank as a sponsor.
The Bank has dangled MK46 million which is divided into three regional (Central, North and Southern) division one league’s.