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Flames miss K24 million jackpot

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George Kaudza Masina

Despite having had their allowances hiked, Malawi national football team, the Flames, have failed to win a game in four matches and in the process lost over K24 million.

Instead, the team has drawn and lost twice each since Football Association of Malawi (Fam) endorsed a pay hike at its executive meeting last month.

Flames lost to Zambia 1-0 in a friendly before drawing 0-0 with Zimbabwe. For losing against Zambia, the Flames missed a chance of pocketing K200,000 per player. But the senior side’s players got K100,000 each for drawing against Zimbabwe. It means a squad of about 20 players roughly got K2 million instead of K4 million.

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In Africa Cup of Nations, the Flames lost to the Stallions 3-1 in Ouagadougou last Thursday before forcing a goalless stalemate yesterday at Kamuzu Stadium. A squad of 20 players could have received roughly about K20 million for winning in both matches as a player is supposed to get K500,000 for a win.

Following yesterday’s result, Flames players will share K5 million with each pocketing K250,000. It means in four assignments, Fam will spend about K7 million instead of K24 million.

Former Fam acting general secretary George Kaudza Masina sympathised with the players “Allowances hike cannot have any effect on a team which is tactically handicapped. When you look at the way the Flames have performed in the last four games since opening up from Covid-19 lockdown, the performance of our team leaves a lot to be desired and it has just exposed itself on its lack of technical know-how.

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