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Fam wants K90 million suplementary funding

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Walter Nyamilandu

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has asked for K90 million supplementary funding from the government before the next financial year.

Initially, Fam wanted K200 million but the figure has been trimmed to K90 million following the postponement of the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers which were slated for next month.

Fam President Walter Nyamilandu confirmed requesting for additional funds, saying the amount covers for the Flames and Scorchers assignments.

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“Currently we are looking at a friendly [for the Flames] in the month of June. The Scorchers are also playing in June so we are waiting for a response from the government for supplementary funds as we exhausted funds.

“We made a request of K90 million to cater for the women’s team and the Flames. Once funding has been confirmed, then we can confirm the friendlies in the month of June to take advantage of the Fifa window,” he said.

Nyamilandu was confident that the government, through the Malawi National Council of Sports, would release supplementary funds as the Flames needed to keep preparing having qualified for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals.

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“We need to continue building the team in preparation for the World Cup qualifiers and our participation in Afcon finals. We cannot afford to be idle. Otherwise, we will be overtaken by events. It is the only way the team can remain active. The friendlies in June are important; otherwise, after June, there is a long lay-off because the next Fifa Calendar window is in September. We can’t afford to have a long lay-off up to September,” he said.

Sports Council acting Executive Secretary Henry Mereka confirmed receiving Fam’s proposal, saying it was under consideration.

“We are looking at it wholesome. They have proposed for a complete package to Afcon. We have received the proposal and we have pushed it for necessary consideration. The council is trying to scrutinise it,” he said.

On May 6, Confederation of African Football (Caf) Emergency Committee in consultation with Fifa postponed World Cup qualifiers for Africa that were due to be played in June this year due to Covid.

The Flames were due to face Cameroon between June 5 and 8, before hosting Mozambique between June 11 and 14.

However, in a statement, Caf said the qualifiers would be played in the existing windows of September, October and November 2021 and March 2022 as Caf is re-assessing protocols and processes to enhance the implementation of Covid-related protocols.

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