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Anomalies delay Covid-19 payments

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Gomezgani Zakazaka

TNM Super League players are yet to receive the second payment from Football Association of Malawi’s (Fam) Covid-19 Special Relief Fund due to anomalies.

The association rolled out the fund in May with disbursements worth K17.2 million to players and officials of 15 TNM Super League clubs.

But the players and officials have not received their June stipends, about one week into July.

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Fam Competitions and Communications Director, Gomezgani Zakazaka, who is also on the association’s Covid-19 Desk, said they noted some anomalies in the first month.

“We have now rectified the problems which were noted when we were disbursing the first payment to the players and officials. Some of the players were giving us wrong bank accounts and phone numbers, so we wanted to clean up such things before issuing payment. The money will be transferred into their bank accounts or mobile phones this week,” Zakazaka said.

TN Stars players were the last to get paid last month because most of them were not registered on Mpira Connect in time.

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Zakazaka confirmed that Stars players and officials finally pocketed K40,000 each last week having successfully registered on Mpira Connect.

Be Forward Wanderers Captain, Alfred Manyozo Junior, said they were waiting patiently for the monthly stipends from Fam.

“We are not panicking because we know we will get the money from Fam once it is ready,” Manyozo said.

Wanderers players have been hit hard by effects of the Covid-19 pandemic as the club has cut their salaries by 60 per cent after Be Forward halved sponsorship.

Fam set aside K350 million from the Fifa Forward project to help Super League players, officials and referees during the football suspension.

In the first month, Mzuzu Warriors topped the list of beneficiaries after their players and officials pocketed K1.4 million whereas newly promoted Ekwendeni Hammers’ 34 players and officials got K1.3 million.

Players and officials from Be Forward Wanderers and Mafco received K1.3 million each while Silver Strikers and Blue Eagles got K1.2 million apiece.

Mighty Tigers, Karonga United and Ntopwa each received about K1 million.

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