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Mist over Flames Afcon portion

The Flames

Alfred Gunda

Malawi National Football Team, the Flames, are reportedly not happy with how Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has distributed Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualification fee.

Fam got $250,000 (about K206 million) from Confederation of African Football (Caf) for qualifying for the Afcon finals held in Cameroon between January 6 to February 9.

The association announced recently that the team would share 50 percent of the money, translating to K103 million.

Fam started disbursing the money on Thursday this week.

However, some of the senior players have asked the association to provide all details on how much each player got.

A well-placed source confided in Malawi News that a total of 31 players plus technical panel are expected to benefit from the qualification fee.

“Some of us have already received the money but some are still waiting. But we want to get clarification from them. We know that we will share $125, 000 out of $250,000,” one of the players who spoke on condition of anonymity said.

According to details, only players who participated in the Afcon qualifiers are entitled to a share.

Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda confirmed that 90 percent of the players have been paid.

“I can confirm that everything is in order. Almost all the players got their money. There are some players who have been omitted due technical problems but they will get their cut,” Gunda said.

However, Gunda kept a tight lid on how much each player got.

The money was shared based on appearance during the Afcon qualifiers which means some of the players, who missed the Afcon finals including Precious Sambani, Vincent Nyangulu, Nixon Nyasulu and Rafick Namwera will get their portion.

The source confided that four players got about K3.8 million each as they featured in all the qualifiers.

Some players pocketed around K2.5 million whereas the lowest player got about K400,000. Flames captain Limbikani Mzava was not readily available yesterday but his vice John Banda refused to comment on the matter. Details show that some players who were at Afcon finals, but did not take part in the qualifiers have been omitted.

Players such as goalkeeper Charles Thom, defender Lawrence Chaziya, striker Stain Davie and winger Zebron Kalima were not part of the squad during the qualifiers.

The money is in addition to the game bonuses and external allowances.

This means some of the players, in total, have pocketed over K5 million in game bonuses and allowances.

Former Flames midfielder Sherry Msuku advised Fam to show transparency in the distribution of the money.

“The players deserve respect. I believe the money will be shared as agreed,” Msuku said.

Flames players were given K2 million for beating Zimbabwe 2-1 and a goal-less stalemate against eventual winners Senegal in group stages, a result that earned the team qualification to the knock out stage for the first time ever.

Additionally, President Lazarus Chakwera also promised K1 million to each player for qualifying to the knock out stage.

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