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Fam promotion faces challenges

WHO WINS?—A journalist picks a winner as Mwenelupembe (left) looks on

Football Association of Malawi (Fam)’s Kuipatsa Moto Flames Fundraising Taskforce has conceded facing challenges in its quest to raise K60 million.

The taskforce is mobilising resources for the Malawi National Football Team, which will travel to Cameroon for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in January.

Raising such resources is expected to be tougher after the Flames finished bottom in their 2022 Qatar Fifa World Cup qualifying group which had Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Mozambique.

Speaking during the second draw of the promotion at Mpira Village in Blantyre Wednesday, taskforce spokesperson Tulipo Mwenelupembe said they would redouble their efforts to ensure that they achieve their goals.

“When the team beat Mozambique last month, we sold a lot of Flames replica jerseys until we ran out of items. It is also obvious, therefore, that when the team loses matches, as has been the case in the recent World Cup qualifiers, sales are affected.

“But we are still optimistic of meeting our intended targets. We thank those who continue to patronise the promotion despite the Flames losing their last three matches,” Mwenelupembe said.

The spokesperson said he would not disclose the amount of money realised so far as doing so would be against the rules.

Two Mchinji-based businessmen Wyson Phiri, a kabaza motorcycle operator, and Yankho Ntaya, an Airtel Money agent, won one Flames replica jersey each while Kasungu Secondary School teacher Gift Mwale won a jersey.

The monthly draw, which will see participants winning refrigerators, is scheduled for December 1.

The taskforce is also set to host a fundraising dinner at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Saturday, when State President Lazarus Chakwera will be in attendance.

A K60 million target has been set for the initiative.

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