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Referees propose hefty package

The National Referees Committee (NRC) has proposed officiating fees increment ahead of next season.

According to new figures sourced by The Daily Times, NRC has proposed that effective next season the referees should get K50, 000 from K28, 000 per set as allowances. This means each referee could be receiving K10, 000 as allowance per game from K5, 500 last season.

The referees have also proposed that lunch allowance be increased from K1500 to K4000 per person, accommodation allowance from K12, 000 to K22, 000 for one person for a night.

Other demands for the referees include transport increment as follows; from Lilongwe to Dwangwa it has been hiked from K50, 000 to K80, 000, while from Blantyre to Lilongwe it is proposed to hike from K60, 000 to K90, 000.

Now travelling from Salima to Dwangwa for the officiating set will now be from K35, 000 to K50, 000; Dedza to Lilongwe has moved from K20, 000 to K35, 000; Blantyre to Dwangwa will now be at K130, 000 from K100, 000.

Zomba to Blantyre will be from K20,000 to K35,000; Zomba to Lilongwe K60,000 to K80,000; Lilongwe to Mzuzu from K60,000 to K80,000; Mzuzu to Blantyre K120,000 to K160,000; Mzuzu to Dwangwa K40,000 to K60,000, Blantyre to Balaka K28,000 to K40,000; Zomba to Dedza K40,000 to K60,000; and finally from Zomba to Mzuzu it has hiked from K160,000 to K140,000.

Commissioning of games has been shifted from K3500 to K10, 000 while lunch allowance is now at K4, 000 from K1, 500. Meals and accommodation has doubled from K12, 000 to K22, 000.

NRC general secretary Chris Kalichero confirmed these new figures but said the referees would meet on Saturday to come up with the exact figures for the 2015/16 season.

“The figures are just proposals but we are meeting this weekend in Lilongwe to decide on the matter. They could be maintained or on the lower side but the issue is that things have gone up in the country,” said Kalichero on Thursday.

In a separate interview, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) vice general secretary Thokozani Chazema also confirmed that he was aware of the new figures but refused comment further on the matter saying he could do so after receiving official communication from the referee body.

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