Football Association of Malawi (Fam) under fresh probe

Reported to Ombudsman over Covid-19 materials, allowances

Martha Chizuma

The Office of the Ombudsman has received complaints to probe Football Association of Malawi (Fam) on allegation of lack transparency and accountability on management of Covid-19 funds.

In a letter which Malawi News has seen dated November 30, 2020, Central Region Football Association (CRFA) Vice Chairperson Simeon Lijenje, in his personal capacity, wrote the Ombudsman that Fam should be investigated on the basis that it is a public body that is partly funded by government subvention under the Malawi National Council of Sports.

“Fam has implemented a number of activities using these resources in ways that are not transparent and accountable to its constituents in the following areas; procurement of Covid-19 materials, allowances and disbursement to the member associations,” reads part of the letter.


“It is with the above that I request your office to probe the issues herein, in the public interest. There are also allegations indicating that part of these funds were used to empower preferred candidates in regional associations election, which are currently being probed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).”

Ombudsman Martha Chizuma confirmed the development. “It has since gone through some legal screening. But its among those complaints that came from November 1 2020 which as an office we determined that we should do substantive work on them once we finalise the eight parastatal investigations we are currently working on.

“All things being equal, we should start looking at that investigation and the rest from March this year,” Chizuma said.


Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda did not pick our calls.

Sports analyst George Chiusiwa said the Office of the Ombudsman has powers to investigate Fam as it serves public interest.

Fam gets annual subvention from government which is mostly used for national teams activities .

The association was also reported to ACB in August last year on allegations of bribery and corruption during the December 2019 electoral process.

Fam, just like all member associations, received $1 million (about K780,000,000) from Fifa as part of the Covid relief funds.

Through the funds, the association has been providing funds to all 16 TNM Super League clubs to cushion the effects of Covid-19.

Fam also provided monthly stipends of K40,000 each to registered Super League players. The association was also providing relief packs to registered players in all the regional leagues, including women’s football teams.

All regional associations, namely; Southern Regional Football Association (SRFA), CRFA and Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) are also under ACB radar on allegations of bribery.

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