Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has finally started disbursing the Covid-19 relief package it promised to TNM Super League players and officials.
As of Thursday, all Super League team players and officials except Nyasa Big Bullets’, had received K40,000 each through their banks.
Bullets were still finalising logistical requirements to be eligible to receive the package.
Through the initiative, Fam has targeted 560 players and officials and about 441 from 15 Super League teams had managed to get their respective allocations by yesterday.
Fam Director of Media and Competitions, Gomezgani Zakazaka, said logistics regarding the initiative had been finalized, hence disbursing of the package.
“We have finally started disbursing the funds through monthly stipends to Super League players and officials as per our Covid-19 relief programme. Basically, we are targeting 560 beneficiaries from the 16 Super League clubs. Through this programme, 35 members of every Super League team are eligible to benefit,” Zakazaka said.
He said conditions were set for teams to comply with so that their members become eligible to benefit from the programme.
“Among the conditions was for players to be registered with Fam’s online Mpira Connect system for the 2020 season. Teams have fulfilled the conditions and have benefitted. In total, we have paid about 441 players across the 15 teams. As for Bullets, they are finalising logistics to get their allocation,” Zakazaka said.
He said the next phase of the initiative will benefit 186 elite referees who officiate Super League games.
“They will also be given conditions. Those with disciplinary issues will not be considered,” Zakazaka said.
Meanwhile, Malawi national football team and Be Forward Wanderers right back Stanley Sanudi and Mighty Tigers captain Christopher Mikuwa have hailed Fam for fulfilling its promise.
“The package is timely to us as footballers. The suspension of sports has hit us hard from all angles. We are therefore very grateful to Fam for considering us,” Sanudi said.
Kickoff of the 2020 season was halted at the eleventh hour on March 20 as Malawi joined the rest of the world in putting in place measures aimed at controlling the spread of the pandemic.