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Walter Nyamilandu

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Wednesday lived up to its word by handing over Rab Processors’ food packs to Southern Region Football League Premier Division and women’s football teams.

Each pack consists of flour, beans, sugar and soya pieces, among others.

Sixty-two regional football teams across the country and at least 21 women’s football teams are expected to benefit from the programme. The teams will also receive K250,000 every month.

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Speaking during the presentation ceremony of the packs in Blantyre, Fam President Walter Nyamilandu said the association is committed to helping players make ends meet during the football suspension period.

“This is a unique day to the football fraternity in the country, especially in the Southern Region because our players will today go home with something to eat with their families.

“We have no doubt that the food packs we are giving them now will make a big difference to their daily lives. We hope to continue helping them until December,” Nyamilandu said.

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Some players from Hangover Football Club and Steffords Football Club together with Bangwe Super Queens and Blantyre Zero were among those that received the food packs.

Rab Processors Communications Officer, Andrew Lulker, said his company partnered Fam in the distribution of the packs across the country for the good of the game.

“We are more than ready to continue helping Fam in this great cause. We have already linked up with our distribution agents like Kulima Gold with the aim of ensuring smooth distribution of the packs. We are more than ready to roll out so that all deserving players receive their packs. We have started today with our Blantyre Kulima depot playing its role. The players have received their packages through this depot, an indication that we are ready to reach all beneficiaries,” Luka said.

However, some women’s football team players from Blantyre expressed displeasure with receiving food packs only, saying they also needed money.

Bangwe Super Queens striker, Fyness Munthali, said they have other needs that require cash.

“We are thankful to the Fam president as well as the entire association for the timely gesture. The food packs will go a long way in alleviating the challenges we are facving because of football’s suspension. But we would have loved if there was some cash on top of the packs. We have other problems that only money can sort out,” Munthali said.

Hangover midfielder, James Tambwali, asked Fam to consider speeding up the football resumption process so that players can return to action.

“Covid-19 has starved us of football. As players, we just enjoy our game and this suspension is not helping us. Fam should speed up the football resumption process so that we return to action.

“As players, we are more than ready to comply with the Covid-19 prevention measures that government and other stakeholders will institute. Otherwise we are very grateful for the food packs,” Tambwali said.

Fam is also paying TNM Super League players, technical panel members and referees K40,000 each per month.

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