Fam taskforce faces hurdle
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) resource mobilisation taskforce has admitted that it is facing race against time to rollout fundraising activities for the Malawi National Football Team ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Fam First-Vice President Justice Jabber Alide, who is heading the taskforce, pointed at prevailing Covid conditions as obstacles towards their mission to raise K450 million for the Flames.
“Covid challenges made it difficult for members of the taskforce to meet and execute plan,” he said.
Alide said they targeted both the corporate world and football loving Malawians to help raise funds for Flames’ successful participation in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in January.
“We have drawn our strategy and we are ready to move to execution stage. We have lined up activities. Among other things, we have contacted mobile operators TNM and Airtel to draw well-wishers to donate any amount towards c. They will also win some prizes. We are now in the final stages to conclude with the regulator on the same,” he said.
“Apart from that, we are going to hold a corporate golf competition at Lilongwe Golf Club. We are also planning cooperate dinner,” he said.
Football analyst George Kaudza Masina said, while it was true that the committee was tirelessly working hard, it was likely not going to achieve all it planned because of timing and perhaps the approach taken.
“In the past, some organisations tried to do the SMS thing with mobile companies in an attempt to raise funds but to no avail. I am also not sure if the corporate golf tournament might raise the much needed amount of money because we are talking of big sums of money here. I am sceptical but let us support them as we also support our beloved team,” he said.
Flames have been drawn alongside Zimbabwe, Guinea and Senegal in group B.
Meanwhile, the Flames left for Cameroon through Kamuzu International Airport yesterday ahead of the World Cup qualifier against the Indomitable Lions on Friday.
Malawi will then host Mozambique on September 7 at Orlando Stadium in South Africa.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.