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Fam flexible on Relief Funds transfer to clubs

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Albert Chigoga

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has relaxed its position by informing TNM Super League clubs that it can pay Covid-19 Relief Funds direct to clubs if the decision is endorsed by the beneficiaries.

The association launched a Covid-19 Relief Funds aimed at paying monthly stipends directly to TNM Super League players, officials and referees.

Nyasa Big Bullets players expressed discomfort with the delay in transferring the money into their personal accounts and penned the association to channel their funds into club’s account.

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At first, the association turned down the request from Bullets players but players from other teams including Silver Strikers asked Fam to do the same.

A communication addressed to clubs through Super League of Malawi (Sulom) read:

“Kindly note that Fam has communicated that Covid-19 relief fund to players will be paid in August 2020 from 1 August. Further to note that the request to pay funds directly to clubs should be endorsed by beneficiaries through signature.”

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However, Bullets Chief Administrator, Albert Chigoga said Fam had not responded to the letter from Bullets players.

“The players are still waiting for the response from Bullets players. But there is an indirect response that Fam is willing to deposit the money into the clubs account if the request is coming from the beneficiaries,” Chigoga said.

Reports suggest that Silver players also requested Fam to be depositing their money into the club’s account. However, the players were still undecided on the issue.

In an interview on Saturday, Silver captain Young Chimodzi Junior said players were yet to decide on the matter.

“We just got communication from the club on Thursday but we are yet to meet,” Chimodzi Junior said.

For three consecutive months, Fam has paid 35 players and officials from each of the 16 clubs and referees to help them during the Covid-19 pandemic as football is suspended.

Be Forward Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde said the club was yet to discuss with the players if the fund should be transferred through the club’s account.

Fam set aside K380 million from Fifa to support the players. Regional league and women’s football players also started receiving relief package from the association. The future of football is still uncertain in the country as government is yet to give green light for football restart.

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