Three priorities for Darmanin Demajo – Clubs, clubs and clubs!

Thursday, August 5, 2010, 11:07

In what should be his last public appearance before Saturday’s crucial vote, yesterday evening MFA Presidential candidate Norman Darmanin Demajo stressed the importance of concentrating on local clubs and their funding to improve the situation of local football. During yesterday’s meeting with the member clubs within the MFA, Darmanin Demajo touched on all the points that are part of his electoral manifesto, stressing that this was a landmark election that could mould Maltese football for many years to come.

Darmanin Demajo also stressed on the importance of becoming an inclusive president, who would listen and discuss with all those who form part of the football family.

The highlights of Darmanin Demajo’s presentation included:
- Adequate training grounds for all clubs

- Development of regional pitches, including 2 new ones in the central and southern part of Malta, where competitive matches can be played

- Upgrading of the Victor Tedesco Stadium and Corradino Stadium

- Increasing club’s income by eliminating pitch hiring charges, more income from gate money thus assisting the clubs’ cash flow

- More matches to be played as part of a new league format

- Introduction of a season ticket scheme together with benefits from the sale of MFA international match tickets

- A new Transfer Credit Scheme to assist clubs in being more active in the transfer market. This will involve the MFA providing credit to clubs specifically for transfer fees

- Kick off the Club Collateral Scheme to help clubs finance their short term loans or periods of low cash flow

- Transformation of the Centenary Stadium into the home of Youth football, with the facilities being managed by the Youth FA

- Work with the Gozo FA to assist the sister association in improving the facilities in Gozo, upgrading the Gozo Stadium to international standards and statute changes to aid Gozitan football

- A holistic overhaul of the national team set-up following consultation with all stakeholders including clubs

- Transparency and auditing in line with UEFA regulations for the administration of over €1.5 million received from UEFA as part of various schemes

- Free usage of Executive boxes, VIP passes and other benefits for Premier clubs on match days

- Relocation of the MFRA administration to Ta’ Qali, improve benefits for referees and creation of incentives to attract new referees

- Setting up of a Football Business Centre at Ta’ Qali to be used by MFA affiliated assocations

- Provision of computer software and other coaching assisting tools for all levels within a new National Coaching Library

- Transforming the MFA’s technical centre into a reference point for all clubs where a top class technical director will aid clubs on a daily basis

- Investing in a professional marketing department

- Set up an MFA help line for all member clubs to get assistance with any administrative issues they might have

In his conclusion, Darmanin Demajo also confirmed one of Dr. Joe Mifsud’s main promises that €15,000 will given to all member clubs, over a period of 3 years, in installments of €5,000 per year. These funds will be generated from the proceeds of TV rights from the high profile match that the Malta national team friendly is meant to play.


  1. valletta says:

    we need new blood goodluck dede


  2. Matthew Cilia says:

    Sur Agius nahseb qed tghix fil-qamar… kompli ghix hemm u lilna hallina nbiddlu ghall-ahjar.


  3. Mark Agius says:

    Ara vera ghal ipokrezija m`hemmx limitu !!! mela meta kien kaxxier kien jghajjar lil clubs ghax jonfqu il-flus fil-pagi u it-transfer fees minflok jinvestu fl-infrastruttura ….

    Issa ghax hiereg ghal president mhux talli qed baqa jinsisti fuq li il-clubs ghandhom jinvetsu fl-infrastruttura minflok jehluhom fuq pagi u transfer fees, talli se jibqda jtihom transfer credits biex ikunu jistghu jonfquhom fi players u minflok l-infrastruttura jibnihielhom hu !

    More income from gate money ? Lanqas jekk itihomlhom kollha mhu se jigwaddanjaw iktar minn xi €10000 ohra kull wiehed !

    Imbaghad ikollna president ta club li jrid jipprova jirbah il-league jghid li jrid €500,000 kull season biex jikkompeti ! U minflok nghidu li dan qed izomm il-club living beyond its means, inkomplu intuh transfer credits u loans biex jghin il-cash flow.

    Billi izzid in-numru ta loghob u tilghab home u away mhu se tbiddel xejn: il-potential specatator base hi dik li hi. Min jippreferi jibqa id-dar jara Milan-Juve jew United-Liverpool mhux se jibda jmur il-ground ghax jilhaq id-DeDe jew ghax jilghabu fuq is-saqaf ta the point minflok go ta qali !


    John Maggio Reply:

    @ Mark Agius – I dont know what it is you do for a living, however you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Maybe if you were involved in local football administration, you would understand that these ideas who would and they would improve the level of the game. Since you seem to know so much, maybe YOU should run for president, lets see how long you would last !!!


  4. C.Portelli says:

    Goodluck NDD, If maltese football want a change Norman DD have to be the new mfa president.


  5. Adam Attard says:

    would n d demayo divulge the name / s of the persons he will want as general secretary of the association if elected ? Adam


    Sliema Giy Reply:

    Mhux ovvja…Bjorn Vassallo


  6. kirsten mifsud says:

    well done norman good show yesterday


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