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Walter Nyamilandu

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) president Walter Nyamilandu has said Malawi national football team players will know their revised allowances on Saturday when the association’s executive committee meet.

“The allowances of the Flames have been reviewed and they will be approved by the executive committee soon. The players have been assured that they will be paid new rates before their next competitive match,” Nyamilandu said while refusing to disclose the revised amount.

“They will be paid in arrears from the first day they resumed camping. This was already agreed.”

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Before the suspension of football on March 20 due to Covid-19 pandemic threat, Flames players were receiving K100,000 for a win and half the amount for a draw. The senior side players were also pocketing K6,000 daily training allowance whereas external travel allowance was pegged at $50 (about K38,000).

Malawi will face Zambia in Lusaka on Monday before hosting Zimbabwe at Kamuzu Stadium on October 11 in international friendly matches.

Flames captain John ‘CJ’ Banda welcomed the development saying they [players] were waiting for official communication.

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“Increasing our allowances will help motivate the team to get good results in all matches,” he said.

Earlier this month, Minister of Youth and Sports Ulemu Msungama sent back proposed allowances for the national football and netball teams to Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) saying they needed to be adjusted upwards.

MNCS proposed a standardised game bonus of K50,000 each for a win, K5,000 daily training allowance and $60 (K45,600) each as daily external allowance for the Queens, Flames and women’s national football team.

Recently Flames players asked Fam to hike their bonus for a win to K500,000 each. The senior side players also requested scraping off of training allowances and instead consider introducing K250,000 each as appearance fee with external allowance being raised to $100 (K91,200) per day.

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