The K7.5 million Chipiku Central Region Football Association (CRFA) league kick-off has been shifted to May 2.
Initially, the league was supposed to kickoff on April 18 in line with the Football Association of Malawi’s (FAM) harmonised calendar.
Central Region Football Association (CRFA) confirmed the development in an interview on Tuesday in Lilongwe.
“Our plan was to start the league on the same week as the TNM Super League just to harmonise the calendar, but we failed as we had some play-offs games to determine which teams will play in the Premier Division. But now we are ready and the league will commence on May 2,” said fixtures secretary Antonio Manda.
Civo Reserves beat Mau Mau 8-7 in the play-offs to fill the gap left by Dedza Young Soccer Stars.
“Our message to all the teams is that they should come and register. The registration deadline is on May 1. We are encouraging the teams to come and pay up and pay the affiliation fee,” said Manda.
He said registration fee is K100 000 for teams in the Premiere Division, K85 000— Division One and K65 000—Division Two, according to Manda.
The Chipiku League has 60 teams with 20 in each division.
Dedza Young Soccer Stars who have just graduated from the Chipiku league started the Super League on a positive note drawing 1-1 with Moyale Barracks at home.
“For us this is a positive start looking at the competition. Moyale are not an easy team and for Dedza to get a draw it’s not bad. Our message is that we don’t want any team from this region to get relegated. With such a start we are optimistic that the team will stay,” said Manda