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K460 million for Afcon, Cosafa assignments

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Alfred Gunda

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) says it requires an estimated K460 million for upcoming national football teams’ engagements.

For the senior national football team, the association is expected to use an estimated K160 million for back-to-back matches against Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers next month.

Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, confirmed this with a local radio station.

“The projected budget for the back to back fixture is approximately K160 million that is required to travel to Burkina Faso and back to Malawi and also play the home game in Malawi. For the period we require quite a substantial amount of money to cover all assignments that are ahead of us,” Gunda said.

“We need more than K460 million for us to fulfill all the fixtures and some of the undertakings that we have already done including the friendly matches we played against Zimbabwe and Zambia.”

Having chartered a flight to Lusaka for a friendly match against Zambia which they lost 1-0 last month, the association has decided against chartering a plane for the trip to Burkina Faso as it is too expensive. A chartered flight to Burkina Faso cost over K200 million.

For a trip to Burkina Faso, the association is expected to spend about K45million using commercial flight for a delegation of 30 people. Fam gets subvention from government through the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) for national team activities.

MNCS acting Executive Secretary, Henry Mereka said the association had already submitted the budget for funding.

“As government, we are ready to assist all national teams so that they successfully participate in international competitions. We have a good working relationship with Fam and they have been transparent in the way they use resources,” Mereka said Friday.

The women’s national football team is also currently in camp preparing for this year’s Cosafa Women’s Seniors Tournament slated for November 3-14 in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

The Scorchers are expected to fly out of the country on November 3 before their opening match against Lesotho on November 7 at Isaac Wolfson Stadium before facing Zambia on November 9 at the same venue.

Under-17 and Under- 20 national football teams are expected to take part in the Cosafa Youth Championship in November and December this year. The Under-17 tournament will take place from November 19 to 30 whereas the Under-20 is scheduled for December 3 -13 in Nelson Mandela Bay.

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