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Fam’s K206 million Afcon share

TO SMILE TO THE BANK—Flames players celebrate win

Alfred Gunda

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has said it is yet to finalise distribution modalities for Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualification package.

The association received $250,000 (about K206 million) from Confederation of African Football (Caf) for qualifying for the Afcon finals held in Cameroon recently.

However, Fam disclosed that the team would get 50 percent of the qualification amount, with the remaining amount going to the association.

The development means the team and the association will each pocket K103 million.

In an interview Tuesday, Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda said the association was finalising modalities on how the money would be shared by the team.

“Everybody is aware that we agreed that the association and team would each get 50 percent. Team management is finalising on how the money will be shared,” Gunda said.

Details indicate that the money will be shared depending on the frequency of appearances during the Afcon qualifiers and Afcon finals.

Some of the players who were part of the Afcon qualifiers but did not make it into the final squad for the finals will also get a share.

This means players like Rafick Namwera, Vincent Nyangulu and Nixon Nyasulu will likely get their share as they were part of the qualifiers.

Flames vice-captain John Banda Tuesday said he was waiting for communication from Fam.

“I do not know if Fam got the money or not. As players, we will be informed at an appropriate time,” Banda, who played all the Afcon qualifiers and finals matches, said.

Flames players already got game bonuses for Afcon finals.

The players were given K2 million for beating Zimbabwe 2-1 and the goal-less draw against Senegal in the group stages, which earned the team qualification to the knock-out stage for the first time.

President Lazarus Chakwera promised K1 million to each of the Flames players for qualifying for the knock-out stage.

During the Afcon finals in Cameroon, the players were pocketing $100 (about K82,000) external allowance per day for 36 days.

Malawi exited the Afcon in the Round of 16 with pride after losing 2-1 to Morocco.

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