Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Resource Mobilisation Taskforce is keeping fingers crossed in its quest to raise its intended target of K454 million, having raised K140 million.
The taskforce’s spokesperson Tulipo Mwenelupembe made the remarks Monday after announcing that Saturday’s State House fundraising dinner raised K54 million.
“We have collected about K140 million from all the activities since the taskforce was instituted. Remember, we also raised K73.4 from the ‘Kuipatsa Moto Flames Golf Tournament’. We also received donations from some corporate organisations. From the just-ended fundraising dinner at State House we raised K54 million, bringing the total to K140 million,” he said.
Following the development, the taskforce must raise K314 million to meet its targeted budget of K454 million by December month-end before the Malawi National Football Team leaves for Africa Cup of Nations finals.
The raised money is expected to supplement Flames’ budget of K1.2 billion, which is needed for the continental showpiece.
Mwenelupembe was confident that the taskforce would raise the required amount by carrying out a number of activities before the team leaves for Afcon finals.
“We still have other initiatives and we hope to reach our primary target of K454 million. We are grateful to the President [Chakwera] and all the companies and individuals that have supported us,” he said.
Flames vice captain John Banda, who represented the senior side during the dinner, also hailed Chakwera and the nation as a whole for supporting the team.
“We feel loved and well supported. Our mission is to overturn the tables and start winning games,” he said.
Malawi are in Group B alongside Senegal, Zimbabwe and Guinea.
The continental championship shall run from January 9 to February 6 in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
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