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‘Hike Flames allowances’

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) administration and finance sub-committee has proposed that allowances for the Malawi national football team should be increased.

Currently, Flames players pocket U$50 (about K37,200) a day when they travel outside the country and the committee wants players to receive at least U$70 (about K52,080) per day.

A source said the decision was meant to inspire the players to do well during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers.

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“The meeting made several recommendations as it noticed that the senior side is the lowest paid team in this region,” said the source.

The source further stated that Fam secretariat will also face changes following plans from the subcommittee which is chaired by the association’s Second Vice President Othaniel Hara.

“Some proposals are targeting the secretariat. It has been noticed that some officials gatecrash at events without being invited and yet claim allowances.

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Furthermore, the subcommittee has also made it clear that allowances should not be deposited into officials accounts before attending an event. Some have the tendency of not attending functions after receiving allowances. Additionally, the secretariat will also be offered performance-based contracts,” said the source said.

Hara confirmed that they had recommended for Flames allowances to be hiked as a way of motivating the players.

“I can’t give you the details of the proposed amounts as it is inappropriate to do so at this moment. But the fact is that we have made recommendations to Fam executive to have the final say. However, our research shows that among Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and

Mozambique, Malawi players are the least paid,” he said.

Hara justified the need to make changes to the secretariat saying it was being done in good faith. “We reviewed terms and references of the secretariat personnel and we agreed to encourage them so that they should continue working efficiently. So we will have some changes if Fam executive endorses our recommendations,” he said.

Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, could not be reached for a comment whereas the association’s President, Walter Nyamilandu, did not pick our calls.

Former Flames midfielder, Mabvuto ‘Tighana’ Lungu, said it was important to motivate the players. “In the past, the most important thing for a player was the national team jersey but now most decisions hinge on money.

So the players deserve better,” he said.

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