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Fam unveils second relief package

Targets Premier League players

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By Isaac Salima:

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) in partnership with Rab Processors Limited unveiled Covid-19 relief packs to be distributed to regional premier league players and officials for the next seven months.

Announcing the news yesterday at Mpira Village in Blantyre, Fam president Walter Nyamilandu said the intervention is to run from June to December will cost K98 million. The money will be part of K350 million response package announced last week.

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The packs will contain 10 kilogrammes of maize flour, two packets of sugar, table salt, 200 grams of soya pieces, two kilogrammes of beans and two bars of washing soap all worth K10,000.

About 62 regional teams across the country will benefit from the initiative with each team getting 30 packs per month to be distributed to 25 players and five officials.

“We will provide the assorted food items to registered players and officials of all Premier League teams. Beneficiaries should be registered with their associations and Fam Mpira Connect by 16th May 2020. In total we will be distributing 1,860 packs per month,” Nyamilandu said.

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He also said that as cushioning teams from these tough times, they have deferred payments of registration fees until the start of the season. Nyamilandu said Rab who also support Malawi national football team with Vital Water and sponsor the Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) League under Thumbs Up banner have contributed K20 million for the initiative.

“We thank Rab for coming in at such a short notice to help us. In addition the company has undertaken to distribute the packs for free across the country through their subsidiary company Kulima Gold. It is important that these difficulty times our football players and officials have food on the table,” Nyamilandu said.

He said they have so far set up a Covid-19 desk for administration of the relief programmes which will be handled by Fam’s Competitions Director Gomezgani Zakazaka.

The total of Fam Covid Relief Package which the association announced last week will be sourced from the governing body’s projects fund and is expected to cost about K332.8 million. It has been distributed as follows: Super League teams to get K140 million, K73.4 will go to Women Football, Referees K21.3 million and Regional League teams benefitting K98 million.

Other Super League teams want the funds to be released now but Nyamilandu said the Fifa package for special projects will be ready by June as there are some processes and in-house modalities to be completed first.

Rab Processors Chief Executive Officer Ahmed Sunka said they decided to intervene in the initiative to assist players and officials who are off the pitch because of the pandemic.

“We are optimistic that this intervention will greatly supplement their livelihoods. We know that most of our customers are associated with sports and this is one of the reasons we always want to be in football and today we are giving back by contributing to the wellbeing of players in the game,” Sunka said.

SFRA chairperson Raphael Humba was grateful for the gesture.

“This is good news to us and our players who have been hit hard by the suspension of football activities. We never anticipated that this support will trickle down to us and this only shows that we have leaders who have welfare of their players and officials at heart,” Humba said.

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