Football Players Association of Malawi (Fpam) is sweating to achieve its aims and objectives after only 80 out of about 400 Super League players have paid the K150,000 annual fee.
Fpam Chairperson, Ernest Mangani, blamed the development on lack of interest by players and teams to register with the body.
Mangani said the non-payment was affecting the body’s operations.
“We are very concerned that this initiative is failing to go forward due to the unwillingness of club officials and Super League of Malawi [Sulom] to support our cause. We have tried to reason with the club officials and Sulom on how best players could be helped to join us but there is not much to show for it,” he said.
Mangani said among other things, they suggested getting a cut from gate collections as one way of helping the association to take care of players’ welfare.
“We approached clubs and asked them if they would deduct the annual membership fee from players’ salaries but this did not go down well with the officials. We also suggested that if the clubs cannot manage the deduction from players’ salaries, we should be getting five percent from gate collections. Our main client is the player who cannot manage this on his own,” Mangani said.
Sulom President, Tiya Somba Banda, advised FPAM to embark on other initiatives to accomplish their goals.
“The world’s players union, FIFPRo, does not allow us and club officials, as well as Football Association of Malawi to be involved in the running of the body.
“We have been encouraging clubs on this issue but we must not forget that joining any union is not compulsory. Clubs and players are aware of this, so what is remaining is for the players to take the matter seriously going forward,” Somba said.
Nyasa Big Bullets Chief Administration Officer, Albert Chigoga, said they encourage their players to join the union for their own good.
“Players themselves must be in the forefront in being part and parcel of this. It works to their advantage when need arises,” Chigoga said.