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Nyasa Big Bullets, Silver Strikers yet to get Airtel Top 8 share

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COMPETITION’S TOP SCORER—Babatunde

Airtel Top 8 Cup champions Nyasa Big Bullets and runners-up Silver Strikers are yet to get their prize money, about two months after the final of the tournament.

The final took place on December 18 at Kamuzu Stadium in which Bullets emerged winners 5-3 on post-match penalties after 1-1 in regulation time.

For winning the Airtel Top 8 Cup, Bullets are expected to pocket K17 million whereas Silver will get K5.5 million as runners-up.

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However, both Bullets and Silver have been kept waiting for their sweat since last year. Bullets Administration Officer, Albert Chigoga, confirmed that no money had been deposited into their accounts.

“Not yet. But the onus is on Fam to do the needful on our behalf. We cannot bypass Fam and speak to the cup sponsors ourselves,” Chigoga said.

On his part, Silver Chief Executive Officer, Thokozani Chimbali, also confirmed the development.

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“We are still waiting for the prize money. They told us that they will give us after the prize presentation,” Chimbali said.

The development means Fam and sponsors Airtel have missed deadline on paying teams in the competition.

Article 7.3 of the competition states that transfer of the prize monies will be effected by the organising committee within 30 days of the conclusion of the competition of each stage.

Football Association of Malawi and sponsors Airtel Malawi downplayed the delay, saying it was due to logistical arrangement of the prize presentation.

Fam Competitions and Communications Director, Gomezgani Zakazaka, said the prize presentation delayed due to Flames participation at Afcon in Cameroon.

“We are waiting for the prize presentation as you are aware we were busy with Afcon,” he said.

Airtel Malawi Head- Brand Communications and Public Relations, Norah Chavula, said on Thursday that soon the teams will get their prize money.

Apart from teams, outstanding individuals will also get their shares.

Top goal-scorer Babatunde Adepoju, who scored eight goals in the competition, will also get his cut plus Player of the Tournament.

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