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Nam silent on allegations

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The row between Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) and Malawi National Netball Team players has taken a new twist after most players refused to pay back allowances to the association.

This comes after Nam asked some players, who did not travel to Namibia for Pent Series and Africa Netball Cup, to reimburse K250,000 they each got from Nam’s sponsor, FDH Bank plc.

Nam ordered players to reimburse the money in order to increase the amount it paid to players who represented the country during the two competitions in November last year.

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This was after the travelling squad protested against the idea of receiving uniform allowances.

One of the sources said most players, who were not part of the squad, did not pay back the money.

“It seems four players have paid back the money but most of us will not pay back. Those that paid back were threatened that they would not be recalled to the national team. It is a huge topic on our WhatsApp forum but we can’t pay back because we already used the money,” said the player.

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Another player also accused Nam of diverting allowances from their sponsor to other channels.

“Our daily training allowance is K5,000 while travel allowance is $50 (about K41,250) a night. When we went to Sun City in South Africa last year, our sponsor FDH topped up the allowance. They gave us daily training allowance of K5,000 per day and they also paid us travelling allowance at the rate of $40 (about K33,000) a night. We were told that, this time, they [FDH Bank] will pay us again but we are yet to receive the allowances,” said the source.

When contacted yesterday in the morning, Nam General Secretary Isaac Chimwala promised to provide feedback later but he did not.

When he was reminded about the issue late in the afternoon, Chimwala said he could not respond as he was on the road to drop kids at school.

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