A blame game has ensued after some Super League outfits, including Civil Service United and Karonga United, expressed their disappointment over delays in getting K1 million subvention for each team.
The two teams are eligible for Airtel Top 8 Cup subvention, having qualified for the competition.
However, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has blamed the teams for failure to complete logistical arrangements in time.
Civil General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula, whose team travel to Karonga this weekend for the return leg, said their coffers were dry and as such, they needed the money.
“We still haven’t received our subvention despite completing the process. We filled all the forms as required but we haven’t been assisted yet. We are playing away this week and we need the money. We don’t know the criteria which they are using now because we have been notified that the other teams received theirs,” Chiwaula said.
Karonga United General Secretary Ramzy Simwaka said they were yet to pocket the money.
“I have checked with our bank, no money has been deposited into it yet we filled all the forms,” he said.
However, Fam’s Licencing and Compliance Manager Casper Jangale said the delays were as a result of the teams’ failure to complete logistical requirements.
“The clubs that submitted their filled forms earlier already got their allocation. The delay has nothing to do with our sponsor Airtel Malawi. As I said, those that followed the procedure by correctly filling the forms have received the money. Out of the remaining two teams, one submitted its forms on Friday and the other one is yet to do so,” he said.
Fam Director of Competitions and Media Gomezgani Zakazaka insisted that all clubs that did not comply with the rules will not receive the subvention.
“It is all about compliance for the teams to access this money. This has been the procedure since 2017. Airtel devised the system in line with their internal procurement policy,” he said.
Airtel Malawi Public Relations Officer, Norah Chavula-Chirwa, did not answer our calls.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.