Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has said it will remove all players whose contracts will expire this month on the list of beneficiaries for Covid-19 Relief Funds.
Some players might be free agents at the end of this month following the expiry of their contracts.
Fam Club Licensing and Compliance Manager, Casper Jangale said they will start implementing the exercise immediately after the players’ contracts with their respective clubs expire.
“We will remove players whose contracts expire from the Covid-19 beneficiary list because they will be deemed as free agents thereby not entitled to the benefit,” he said.
This is a contradiction to the association’s earlier statement which stated that Fam will wait for Fifa’s advice on the matter.
Civo Service United General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula said they were surprised by Fam’s change of tune.
Wanderers General Secretary Victor Maunde said they have no problems with Fam removing free agents from Covid-19 beneficiaries list.
“The problem here is government which is still mum on the football’s return date despite Fam submitting a good proposal to them on guidelines how football can return. We [teams] are paying the players based on the contractual agreement we signed,” he said.
Karonga United General Secretary Ramzy Simwaka, backed Fam saying the association is exercising rules by removing free agents from the list.
Fam set up a relief fund of K350 million to help Super League players, team officials and Women’s Football Regional League teams and elite referees during this pandemic period.
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.