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Fam digs deeper

Uses operational money to cushion Covid-19 effects

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has been using part of its money for operations to cushion the effects of Covid-19 pandemic on Super League teams, women’s football and referees.

The development comes after Fam received about $1.5 million (about K1.1 billion) from Fifa in July. Fifa disbursed the money to member associations to help cushion the impact of Covid-19.

“The money from Fifa yet. All we have been using since we announced support to our players, officials and referees is K360 million which was meant for operations,” said Fam president Walter Nyamilandu.

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He said Fam is planning to start using Fifa Covid-19 Relief Funds in the recovery phase of the pandemic.

“We will be announcing this month how we are going to use money from Fifa as in phase two which looks at how we are going to recover? How can we enable the clubs fulfil their obligations every weekend? How will we support our players to be mentally and physically strong?” he said.

Nyamilandu said the association fears for negative impact as a result of the pandemic.

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“There will also be an impact in a sense that sponsors will withdraw because they will not be to give us the same amount of money,” he said.

The Fifa Council member said Fam will also reserve some money for national team assignments.

“Government will also be facing serious challenges so we are going to reserve some money for the national teams as a cushion. This is why we have been holding back the money. That’s why we said we should not rush to give away the money. We would have been left with nothing in the coffers and everybody would have laughed at us. We have been very careful we have been consulting,” he said.

Fam received about $1 million (about K750 million) to protect and restart football, and an additional $500,000 (about K375 million) for women’s football.

Ntopwa FC owner Isaac ‘Jomo’ Osman hailed for Fam for focusing on recovery as almost all the teams are struggling due to the pandemic.

“Fam has helped most of us through the Covid-19 Relief programme. Now it is encouraging to hear that the association is also focusing on recovery as it is obvious that all the teams are financially struggling,” he said.

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