Football Association of Malawi (Fam) resource mobilisation taskforce members are patting each other on the back after managing to hit their K30 million target.
The taskforce achieved the feat Wednesday after Nico General Group of Companies contributed K5 million to the initiative.
The development comes ahead of a golf tournament scheduled for Lilongwe Golf Club on Saturday.
Vice President Saulos Chilima is expected to be the guest of honour at the event.
Nico General Marketing and Customer Experience Manager Lorraine Phiri said they were pleased to celebrate their 50th anniversary as a financial service provider by donating to the taskforce at a time the Malawi National Football Team has qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Cameroon early next year.
“Football does not only entertain; it is also a source of employment and creates a sense of pride, belonging and identity. It also raises the nation’s flag high when the Flames excel in their assignments and it is only when they are fully supported and motivated that they can be successful. This is why we, at Nico, have decided to help them through the golf tournament by donating this amount of money today,” Phiri said.
Taskforce Chairperson Jabbar Alide hailed Nico General for the contribution.
“Nico General Group of Companies has done more than enough by donating the K5 million. This will help in our preparations for the golf tournament. We need about K450 million to meet our budget for the Afcon finals.
“We need money for players’ allowances, uniforms, accommodation and air tickets, just to mention a few. One player needs about K1.5 million for a return air ticket to Cameroon. So this will go a long way in assisting us to meet whatever deficits that are there in the budget.
“We are aware of the huge responsibility that the government has in supporting the Flames and Nico has just demonstrated that they are a great partner by being a platinum sponsor. This is the highest level in the pecking order,” he said.
Alide said they expected to raise more resources through other fundraising activities.
The Flames will play Ivory Coast at Orlando Stadium in South Africa on October 8 in the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers in a Group B encounter.
Other teams in the group are Mozambique and Cameroon.
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.