Malawian players plying their trade in National First Division might find themselves jobless if reports that the Premier Soccer League (PSL) intends to scrap the lower league are anything to go by.
Premier Soccer League runners have indicated that they might operate without the lower league previously called 'Mvela' following wrangles between the mother body and the league.
Malawi has captain Peter Mponda, Jimmy Zakazaka, Tawonga Chimodzi and Peter Wadabwa playing in the lower league.
With more foreigners from as far as Brazil flocking to South Africa, Malawi players have often found refuge in the National First Division following a stiff competition in the PSL which restricts a five-player quota for foreigners.
At one point Malawi players in the lower league soared to 14 with Zakazaka, Moses Chavula, Swadick Sanudi, Sankhani Mkandawire, Jacob Ngwira, Peter Mponda, Fischer Kondowe, Grant Lungu, Robert Ng'ambi and Allan Kamanga all playing in the first division.
Once the league is scrapped the players will have to fight for places in PSL clubs since the third tier Vodacom League does not allow foreigners to play in it.
Fam general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said if the stand-off results in the removal of the lower league, it would be a big blow to Malawi.
"If that happens then it will be a big blow to us since most of our players are playing in the lower league. I guess the players just have to come back home and re-launch their careers," he said.
South Africa media yesterday reported that PSL is intending to do away with the NFD if the lower league continued with their demands of having a bigger slice in PSL revenue.
"The NFD is seeking a bigger share of TV and sponsorship revenue, effectively a rise in the monthly grant each club receives, plus wants more representation in the key decision-making processes of the organisation.
"They have also registered concern over the promotion and relegation method used between the Absa Premiership and the NFD. They want automatic promotion as they feel that teams playing in play-off don't have enough time to prepare for PSL hence they are always relegated," Kickoff.com reported yesterday.
The website also reported that the lower division clubs boycotted the last PSL meeting in protest.
But PSL has responded by saying; "what do the NFD clubs bring us? There are no sponsors queuing up and TV is not interested. They bring nothing to the table but they want to share the cake. It's unrealistic."