Malawi National Football Team is expected to use about K187 million to conclude 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Malawi News can reveal.
The details emerge at a time when the Flames are smarting from a disappointing outing, having lost 4-0 to Ethiopia in a friendly on Wednesday.
Sources confided in Malawi News, indicating that government had contributed K50 million, with Fam injecting K137 million.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Director of Finance Christopher M’dolo confirmed the development, saying the money includes appearance fees for the players and officials and also meals and accommodation.
“The team is currently camping after their friendly in Ethiopia, in all this, we are spending K187 million,” he said.
However, analyst George Kaudza Masina said Fam was being wasteful and extravagant.
“We are all aware that running football is not cheap and FAs do spend a fortune. Fam also knows that they need to be responsible and accountable with proper planning on how they spend money.
“In my opinion, camping in Ethiopia is just a waste of resources and this simply shows Fam is being negligent in prioritising its resources. I call this gross mismanagement of funds. They should stop behaving as if they are from another planet,” the former Fam Acting General Secretary said.
Flames are currently third in Group B with four points whereas Burkina Faso lead the table with eight points. Uganda lie second with seven points while South Sudan anchor the table with three points.
Meanwhile, Flames Coach Meck Mwase attributed the team’s loss in Ethiopia to the football break in the country following government’s order restricting public gatherings to 50 people.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.