Hefty budget

Fam needs K2.5 billion for national teams

George Kaudza Masina

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) needs at least K2.5 billion for all the national football teams to fulfill fixtures.

This is contained in a budget document, which Fam submitted to the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS), for its activities this year and early next year.

The association will have a busy schedule as the senior Flames take part in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers slated to start next month.


Flames will host Ethiopia on June 5 at Bingu National Stadium in the Group D Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers opener before traveling to Guinea four days later.

According to the document, the total budget for the Afcon qualifiers is K852 million.

Out of the K852 million, a total of K113 million is required for the home match against Ethiopia and K122 million for the away match against Guinea on June 9.


For the away match against Egypt, the Flames will require at least K202 million and K135 million for the home match against the Pharaohs in September this year.

Thereafter, the Flames will need K160 million for the away match against Ethiopia and K119 million for the last match of the Afcon qualifiers at home.

Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda was yet to respond to our questionnaire as we went to press.

However, the association recently wrote Sports Council requesting for K236 million for the upcoming two matches next month.

Also in the document is the budget for the 2022 Cosafa Men’s Cup slated for Durban, South Africa in July.

The association has also planned friendlies on the Fifa calendar window in August and February next year.

For an away friendly, Fam will need K89 million whereas K48 million is required for the home friendly in February.

A total of K209 million will be required for the senior Flames for Nations of African Championship (Chan), a competition for local-based players only. Caf is yet to conduct the draw for Chan.

Fam budget for national teams is slightly over what Sports Council was allocated in the 2022/23 National Budget as the institution was assigned K2.4 billion.

Sports Council Public Relations Officer Edgar Ntulumbwa said they are yet to finalise allocations to all associations.

“Management is still looking at the budgets for all associations. Once we finalise, we will be able to disclose the allocations,’’ he said.

Every year, Fam gets a grant from the government through MNCS, for national teams assignments. Last year, government provided over K1 billion to the Flames after they qualified for Afcon finals.

Sports analyst George Kaudza-Masina said Fam should reduce its dependence on government coffers.

“Although government has the responsibility to fund national teams, Fam should try to find partners to support national teams,” Kaudza-Masina said.

FDH Bank have been Flames’ official sponsor since 2016 in a deal worth K120 million per year.

Fam also gets annual funding from Fifa and Caf for some activities.

A total of K183 million will be required for Olympic Games qualifiers this year whereas Malawi Under-20 National Football Team will require K98 million to take part in the 2022 Cosafa Youth Championship in December in Eswatini.

In the budget, a total of K98 million will be required for the Malawi Women’s National Football Team, the Scorchers, for Cosafa Cup in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in September.

The Scorchers finished second last year after losing 1-0 to winners Tanzania.

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