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Fam announces K350 million for Covid-19 response

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By Isaac Salima:

SEEKING AUTHORISATION—Nyamilandu

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has come up with a number of interventions as bail out measures to football players and officials in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

Fam Executive Committee on Monday held a video conference to look into a report by its task force that was formed to determine the impact of the pandemic on the game.

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Making the announcement at Mpira Village in Blantyre, Fam president Walter Nyamilandu said they have set aside K350 million from Fifa’s funds for special projects for the interventions.

“We will immediately write Fifa asking for authorisation to allocate funds for the special projects to the relief fund. However that is subject to approval,” he said.

Nyamilandu said among those who will benefit from the funds are Super League players and team officials who rely on football as source of income, women and football regional league teams and elite referees.

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“We will offer monthly stipends of not less than a minimum wage to the mentioned beneficiaries,” Nyamilandu said adding that the funding will be assessed on month to month basis to determine extent and continuation of the support.

Nyamilandu also said they have agreed to increase the yearly subventions of its member associations by 50 percent. He said the funds will also be released earlier than planned to relieve the associations.

The association has also offered its Luwinga Technical Centre premises to be used as a quarantine centre during the pandemic.

He said they have submitted a proposal to Fifa on emergency package which the world football governing body is yet to offer its member associations to help in the pandemic.

Last week Fam received operations funding of U$500,000 (about K365 million) from Fifa.

Commenting on the development Mighty Tigers Chairperson Sydney Chikoti said they will wait to see how the funds will be trickled to the teams.

“It is a good gesture but we are yet to see how the clubs will benefit from it. However, we hope that they will be a better way of disbursing the funds because there are other teams that have been hit hard by the pandemic,” Chikoti said.

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