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Giants to lobby for increased prize money

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Albert Chigoga

Mighty Wanderers have disclosed plans to engage rivals Nyasa Big Bullets to initiate a campaign to persuade Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and Super League of Malawi (Sulom) to review the prize money in all competitions.

Wanderers General Secretary Fadwique Matemba said more funding is allocated to administration instead of prizes, hence the idea to coax other Super League teams to join the campaign.

“The whole agenda of this is to ensure that clubs are benefitting from competitions’ prize money. It sounds awkward for the winner to receive the prize money of K17 million with K67 million going towards administration. These are the issues we need to talk with Bullets to ensure that at the end of the day clubs make one thing,” Matemba said.

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He claimed that Wanderers had spent over K20 million since the current executive was ushered into power.

Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga welcomed the idea but said they were yet to be approached.

“We are ready to discuss this with Wanderers but since they have started it, we will wait to hear from them,” Chigoga said.

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Fam Commercial and Marketing Director Limbani Matola said it was difficult to comment as they had not received any official complaint on the matter.

“Suffice it to submit that we are tempted to believe that if, indeed, there are such concerns those making them may not have adequate information. As their servants, we remain at their disposal any time they need additional information on these matters.

“We together with our partners have nothing to hide as far as sponsorship budgets are concerned and we are willing and ready to engage with any concerned stakeholders to clarify any issue.

“Our stakeholders must appreciate that times are hard. We negotiate these sponsorships in good faith and always put their best interests before anything else,” he said.

Sulom President Tiya Somba-Banda was not forthcoming on the issue.

“The contract renewal process is under way and all the 16 teams were consulted on the same,” he said.

Former acting General Secretary George Kaudza Masina said, in a league, teams are supposed to be rewarded and make profits at the end of the season.

“What is currently happening with our league is that clubs are becoming poorer than they were before joining the league and this does not make football sense,” he said.

TNM is sponsoring the Super League at K90 million per season, with champions pocketing K15 million from 29 matches.

Airtel Malawi has dangled K75 million sponsorship to run the Airtel Top 8 Cup and winners will get K17 million from four games.

FDH Bank bankrolls K90 million for FDH Bank Cup, with winners set to get K25 million from five possible matches.

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