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The long-awaited Football Players Association of Malawi (Fpam) has finally been registered as a company.
The mandate of the association, which was registered with the government on December 12 2017, is to take care of footballers’ welfare.
Football Association of Malawi President Walter Nyamilandu, his Super League of Malawi (Sulom) counterpart, Innocent Botoman and Malawi National Council of Sports Executive Secretary George Jana are the directors of the association.
According to a 23-page document, which Fpam has released, the association would accommodate active and retired footballers.
The document states that current players, who have been duly registered with Sulom, would become members upon signing contracts with their respective clubs.
“All current members will pay [an] annual subscription [fee] through their registered teams, while ex-football players will pay directly to Fpam. The membership fee shall be subject to review at an annual general meeting [AGM] of Fpam,” the statement reads.
Among the benefits, members would be attending AGMs, accessing medical insurance, scholarships and financial literacy [training].
The document adds that Fpam shall be funded through membership subscription fees and a share of gate collections from games involving teams that are affiliated to Sulom.
Fpam Chairperson, Alfred Lungu, said he cannot comment on the association as they would hold a press briefing at Mpira House in Blantyre tomorrow.
The association’s stakeholder service providers are Nico Insurance, Goodwill Funeral Services, Medical Aid Society of Malawi, Old Mutual Malawi Limited and Modern Education and Training Institute.
Most local footballers lead a miserable life after retirement due to financial illiteracy and poor perks.

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