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Fam to get K146 million advance grants from Caf

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Alfred Gunda

The Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is expected to receive $200,000 (about K146 million) as Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced fast tracking financial grants to all its member associations to assist the management of football in their domestic leagues.

In total, Caf confirmed that they are disbursing $10.8 million to all member associations after the Emergency Committee Meeting approved the decision.

Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda confirmed that Caf had informed them about fast tracking financial grants to help the association cope with Covid-19 pandemic.

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“The financial grants from Caf have designated programs such as youth development, women’s football and for expenses for match officials during international matches. It is a good development that we will get the grants although the competitions have been suspended,” Gunda said.

In a statement, Caf president Ahmad Ahmad said the continental governing body decided to wave other requirements for the members to access the grants.

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“Due to the fast spread of Covid-19, African member associations have suspended all domestic competitions, which has brought about huge financial burdens on their shoulders. Caf has thus decided to wave the eligibility requirements to access the annual grants, all member associations can benefit during this difficult period,” Ahmad said.

The statement added that Caf was also assessing the situation on the possibility of additional support to associations.

“Caf is assessing the opportunity of additional financial support to member associations for the resumption and organisation of their domestic competitions,” the statement added. Recently, Caf paid out $3.5 million to the teams which reached the group stages of the Caf competitions.

Caf discussed the future of major competitions namely Chan, Afcon and AWCON 2020.

Local football analyst, George Kaudza-Masina said Caf made a good decision.

“We are in a crisis so Caf should be commended. In a crisis, we use short cuts to assist but my plea to Fam is that they should use the grants wisely,” he said.

Two months have gone after the African football calendar was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The outbreak has forced Caf to postpone three rounds of Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2021 qualifiers. Malawi national football team were due to face Burkina Faso in March but the games were postponed.

The Flames are third in the group B of the qualifiers with three points from two games whereas Uganda lead the group with four points.

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