Chintheche FC fails to participate in Northern Region Football League

Nkhata Bay South-based soccer giants, Chintheche Football Club will miss out on this year's Innobuild-Simso Northern Region Football League (NRFL) due to financial constraints.

General Secretary for Chintheche F.C, Lupakisho Simwera confirmed the development Tuesday in an interview and said the club will not take part in the regional elite league because they have failed to meet the registration dateline of April 2 due to financial constraints which have rocked the team.

“Chintheche FC was last season financed by well-wishers who contributed towards the operations of the club.  We strived to have sponsorship as we prepared for the 2022 season but our efforts have hit a snag.

A well-wisher early this year offered sponsorship to the team but he rescinded his decision in the course of time due to some reasons which I cannot disclose to the public,” Simwera said.

The club’s captain, Kennedy Semedo described the news as painful and extremely disappointing to the Chintheche community more especially to players and fans who had great expectations from the team.

Chintheche FC
Not to participate in Northern Region Football Association League - Chintheche FC

 “We have participated in the league twice, we clinched position four and in 2019 and in 2021, we were on runners-up position.

Our vision was to win the league and get promoted into the elite TNM Super League but our hope has been shattered,” said Semedo.

Also weighing in, the head coach for the lakeshore football club, Millen Banda said though the side has not yet registered in the regional league based on the current situation all is not gloom and doom.

He added that the club’s executive committee and some community members have not thrown in the towel despite the current dire situation, instead, they have engaged an extra gear to find another sponsorship.

“We are working hand in hand with the community including traditional leaders to stabilize the operations of the team which the community’s prestige. Our hope is that the sponsor will change his decision,” said Banda.

One of the sports analysts in the country, Peterkins Kayira said the development will negatively affect the competition adding that its failure to participate will dilute the competitive complexion as it is currently in the pole position in the league. “Obviously, competition is affected because the current best competitive team in NRFL, which is on position one will be out,” said Kayira.