Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has come under attack after the association included five heads of affiliates in its delegation for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.
Fam will spend about K14,152,500 million on allowances and return air tickets, among others, on the five heads of affiliate bodies whose role at the continental showpiece is not known.
Sources indicated that the association spent about K4.5 million on return air tickets for the five officials. A return air ticket costs about K900,000.
The source also revealed that each one of the five officials is entitled to $100 (about K82,000) allowance a day for 13 days. It means the association will cough K5,362,500 on the officials.
The source also disclosed that the delegates have been lodged at hotel which costs $240 per night but Fam is paying at a subsidized fee of $80 (about K66,000). It means the association will spend about K4,290,000 on the accommodation for the five.
The five did not attract visa fee as they are on Fam’s quota for delegates.
Cash-strapped Fam has taken on board Northern Region Football Association Chairperson Lameck Khonje, Central Region Football Association Chairperson Austin Ajawa, Southern Region Football Association Chairperson Raphael Humba, National Referees Chairperson Patrick Kapanga and National Football Coaches Association Chairperson Aubrey Nankhuni.
The inclusion of the five has sparked debate in sporting circles, with many suggesting it is a campaign gimmick by the leadership.
Fam has a bloated representation which includes the association’s president Walter Nyamilandu, first vice president Jabba Alide, second vice president Othaniel Hara and executive member Felistus Dossi.
Sports analyst George Kaudza-Masina questioned Fam for taking on board the five.
“If you take football politics into account, this can be justified by the powers-that-be but, running football as a business and prudently, this doesn’t make sense. It has to be appreciated that the biggest beneficiary in football should always be the player, and the rest is secondary.
“Looking at the officials who have travelled with the team, most being heads of affiliate bodies, one can easily speculate why they have made it to Cameroon,” said the former Fam acting general secretary.
Masina said Fam should have taken on board five players on the reserve side list.
“Realistically, apart from the people from the Fam secretariat who have accompanied the team, and have a role to play, the rest are just mere tourists. The best Fam could have done was to include the five players on the reserve list, at the association’s expense, than these leaders of Fam affiliate bodies.
“But knowing and understanding the football landscape in the country, it could have been suicidal to leave these Malawi football ‘architects’,” he said.
Nyamilandu said the five were guests and on a separate budget.
“They have come here as our invited guests, being members of the Football Association of Malawi and football administrators of our various leagues. We have a separate budget for them,” he said.