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K100 million for Super League

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TIYA SOMBA-BANDA

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has set aside K100 million for the Super League of Malawi (Sulom).

Breaking the news to the media at Mpira House in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre, Thursday, Fam President Walter Nyamilandu said a special taskforce headed by his first vice Jabbar Alide will examine how best to channel the annual support.

“As one way of fulfilling our strategic intentions of making the elite league attractive, which includes empowering Sulom to accelerate professionalism of Malawi football and elite league value repositioning, we have decided to set aside an annual K100 million subvention to the Super League. This money is over and above the league sponsorship,” Nyamilandu said.

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He said other members of the special taskforce are Fam Executive Committee member Chimango Munthali, Sulom President Tiya Somba Banda and the three regional football association chairpersons.

“The taskforce will come up with guidelines on distribution and access to the funds. We have also introduced an annual K75 million subvention to be equally shared by Southern, Central and Northern region football associations. We are planning to use funds from the Fifa Forward Funding,” Nyamilandu said.

Somba Banda said they requested for the funds from their mother body.

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“We requested for the funds from Fam exco and this was deliberated upon. We are grateful that the association saw merit in our case. The package will cement our drive to professionalise the league.

“Our key strategic areas of focus will be employing a fully-fledged secretariat led by a chief operations officer, a professional accountant and marketing communications personnel.

“We will also provide grants to teams so that they get more than the current K1 million which they receive from TNM’s sponsorship. We will also support league champions in Caf Champions League participation as is the case in other countries,” he said.

Nyasa Big Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga welcomed the development.

“This makes football sense. Playing 30 league matches in a season is very costly. The move will therefore boost our morale going into the new season,” he said.

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