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Civo players get special package

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Civo Service United have set an example for other local clubs to emulate after giving their players a special package on top of their salaries during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Lilongwe-based club’s General Secretary, Ronald Chiwaula, said the package would cover what the players would have been receiving in training allowances and game bonuses.

“We know how tough it is for players to survive when they are not training and not playing any games. So we thought it wise to give them a special package for their own welfare. For now, it is only players who will benefit from this initiative. We might also consider the technical panel in future. The players and technical staff are already receiving their monthly wages in full,” Chiwaula said One of the senior players at the club, Blessings Tembo, said the package would ease challenges the players are facing.

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“This is a morale booster for us. We are excited with what management has done. We hope they will continue supporting us all the time,” Tembo said.

The development comes in the wake of Football Association of Malawi’s (Fam) announcement of a K350 million bailout package for players and officials in both men’s and women’s elite leagues.

The package will see Fam providing a monthly stipend of not less than the country’s minimum wage from June to December.

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Civo have gone five consecutive years without winning any silverware. The last won a cup in 2016 when they beat Be Forward Wanderers 1-0 in the final of the defunct Standard Bank Cup at Civo Stadium.

Kick off of the 2020 football season was halted at the eleventh hour after President Peter Mutharika declared a state of emergency when the country registered its first Covid-19 cases.

Mutharika announced restrictions on gatherings of more than 100 people, forcing Fam and Super League of Malawi to postpone the games.

Several weeks later, local clubs suspended training sessions as the number of Covid-19 cases continued to rise.

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