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Fam clings to 10% cut

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George Kaudza Masina

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has gone back on its promise to relinquish its 10 percent cut from gate collections.

Earlier on, the association had assured clubs that it would stop collecting its share of the gate collections in line with their proposal.

Fam gave the assurance during last month’s executive committee meeting.

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However, Fam president Walter Nyamilandu said the issue had been referred to a special taskforce.

“This matter will be handled by the taskforce. Of course it has been there for a while but we need to follow procedures before implementation,” Nyamilandu said.

Fam first vice president Justice Jabbar Alide is leading the taskforce with executive committee member Chimango Munthali and Super League of Malawi president Tiya Somba Banda on the list of members.

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Civil Service United General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula said Fam should have been considerate by speeding up the matter.

“It is quite disheartening to hear that this matter is still at this stage. At first we were made to believe that after the just-ended executive committee meeting, Fam will stop collecting its 10 percent cut.

“It is sad that some decisions are made without consultations while others are implemented after needless consultations. Imagine Fam has said they will give K100 million to Super League of Malawi without consultations,” Chiwaula said.

Mighty Tigers Technical Director Robin Alufandika said they are waiting to hear from Fam.

“We continue to wait until they come up with an official version on the matter,” Alufandika said.

Nyasa Big Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga said he needed to revisit what Fam had communicated to stakeholders.

“Has the wish not been granted already? Please check again. I remember it was mentioned that Fam had already agreed to grant this. I need to revisit the information we got on the same,” Chigoga said.

However, Silver Strikers Board Chairperson George Kaudza Masina backed Fam.

“It has to be appreciated that this is a policy issue which cannot be implemented willy-nilly without following procedures. Referring to a taskforce is the way to go as the findings will need a board resolution before being taken to the annual general meeting.

“It’s not just a matter of the Fam president or executive committee making a decision. Owners of the association, the affiliates, will have the final say. Ordinarily, it doesn’t make much sense for Fam to stop collecting the percentage.

“It has to be made clear that all football matters in the country are under Fam. Running football is not cheap. Fam does incur a lot of expenses in the running of the game. These include training of referees, football administrators and others. It is this percentage which helps the association to sustain its operations,” Kaudza Masina said.

Nevertheless, the former Fam general secretary said clubs also need the money.

“Most clubs supplement their income through the gate collections, though the percentage is minimal. The solution is not for Fam to stop getting the percentage but for clubs to make sure they have a good fan base for both home and away matches.

“A good fan base would help clubs fill up venues each time there is a match. Together with Fam, let us explore other means of financing our operations. Save for a few, most clubs in the country cannot survive on gate collections,” he said.

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