Member of Parliament for Kasungu North Mike Bango has said he will still present a motion to Parliament on Thursday this week to help mobilise support for the Malawi National Football Team.
The former football commentator was contemplating cancelling his motion over duplication of roles after Football Association of Malawi (Fam) set up a similar taskforce.
Bango confirmed that he wanted to withdrawal the motion after Fam formed a taskforce as an ad hoc committee to mobilise resources for participation of the Flames at the Afcon finals next year.
“I have consulted widely and I will still present it on Thursday. It will be up to the noble members and the President [Lazarus Chakwera] to decide on the way forward. I came up with the idea because I know some corporate organisations would have easily supported the initiative,” he said.
One analyst also questioned Fam for setting up the initiative before the outcome of Bango’s motion.
“Fam should have waited a bit to see what happens in Parliament. I think Bango took the right step to mobilise Flames’ resources as individuals and organisations can easily associate with the initiative which has President Chakwera as the leading face,” said former Nyasa Big Bullets general secretary Higger Mkandawire.
However, Fam President Walter Nyamilandu said the association announced the initiative last month following a resolution that was taken by its executive committee to form a taskforce to assist with resource mobilisation for Afcon finals
“If anything, we were pleased that Bango had followed our initiative by extending its reach to Parliament, which is an area that is beyond the mandate of Fam. The motion by Bango was seen as good because we have to adopt a multifaceted approach to raise such colossal sums of money.
“We presume that the parliamentary initiative would largely rely on sources of funding from government, parliamentarians and politicians,” he said.
Nyamilandu said it was not the first time Fam had embarked on a similar project having done so in 2010, when the Flames qualified for Afcon finals for the second time.
“As an institution that administers the affairs of the Flames, we took such an initiative to avoid being reliant on third parties to do the hard job for us. This is not the first time we have formed a taskforce for the Flames. We followed the same process when we qualified for Angola 2010 by appointing late Professor Mathews Chikaonda as the corporate ambassador to lobby for sponsorship from the private sector,” he said.
The development comes after members of Parliament also pledged to lobby for increased funding to the Flames in the 2021/22 National Budget.
Flames do not have a vote in the National Assembly but get subvention from the government through grants of the Malawi National Council of Sports. Last year, Fam was allocated K300 million from Sports Council.
Recently, Fam indicated that it would require K575 million to prepare for Afcon finals whereas K600 million will cater for World Cup qualifiers.