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Fam spends K78.3 million on Covid-19 relief

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Victor Maunde

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has disbursed an estimated K78.3 million to TNM Super League players, referees and regional teams for the past two months through the Special Covid-19 Relief Fund.

The association has spent an estimated K44.8 million on the Super League players stipends whereas a total of K14.8 million has been used on the referees. Fam has also spent over K18.6 million in food packages to the regional teams and women’s football players in the country.

Since the exercise started a total of 560 Super League players have benefited from the Fam Special Covid-19 Relief Fund for the past two months.

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A total of 35 Super League players and officials received K40,000 each from Fam whereas 186 referees each also pocketed the same amount the past two months. Apart from providing relief packages for the regional teams, the association also supported women’s football teams with K250,000 for operational cost.

Fam Competitions and Communication Director, Gomezgani Zakazaka, who is also Covid-19 Desk Officer confirmed the development Tuesday.

The association set aside K350 million from Fifa Forward project to help players from all the 16 TNM Super League clubs and referees until December this year.

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Be Forward Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde said the funds had assisted a lot the clubs.

“So far, everybody has received. We only had technical problems with three players but I think they have received it,” Maunde added.

The Covid-19 Special fund helped clubs to cushion the pay cut due to the pandemic. Some Super League players have reportedly gone seven months without pay whereas some clubs have effected pay cuts. Wanderers players were the first players to accept pay cut after their sponsor Be Forward Company Limited announced 50 percent cut sponsorship due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Bullets followed suit when the club deducted K40,000 from each player during last month’s salary. Clubs such as TN Stars, Chitipa United, Karonga United, Mighty Tigers, Ekwendeni Hammers, Mzuzu Warriors and Ntopwa FC have gone some months without paying players.

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