The 2020/21 edition of the Mozambique Premier League, known as Mocambola is set to get underway in November without the six-time league champions, Desportivo Maputo.
Desportivo are most likely to be excluded from the Mocambola League as the club has allegedly failed to meet the Club Licencing requirements of the Mozambican Football Federation.
According to the governing body of football in Mozambique and media reports, the Maputo giants failed to tick all the boxes to acquire the licence in order to compete.
“The Maputo Sports Group which did not demonstrate compliance with the requirements laid down as imperatives for the club licensing process, licensing was not granted,” said FMF in a statement.
“It should be noted that the clubs that were not granted or removed licensing were not allowed to participate in the I Division National Championship – Mozambola Edition 2020/21.”
Mozambique publication, Opias provided more details, indicating that the absence of a head coach, debts owed to a number of players, other club workers and non-compliance with the National Social Security Institute (INSS) are some of the reasons the club was not granted a national license.
“Even if the appeal had been filed within the deadline, the lack of presentation of the documents and information mentioned above prevents the present appeal from being deferred.
“Thus, in accordance with the provisions of article 8 of the RLC, the AO decides to maintain the decision to reject the licensing of the GDM,” reads the appeal body’s declaration.
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By FARPost Reporter