By Mabvuto Kambuwe
Some sports associations should brace for tough times after Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) trimmed annual allocations to its affiliates.
This means associations will likely scale down some of their activities this year. In the 2022-23 National Budget, the Council was allocated K2.4 billion. Out of the K2.4 billion, a total of K2.015 billion is for other Recurrent Transactions (ORT) whereas K400 million is for developmental budget.
A total of K496 million has been allocated as grants to sports associations whereas K471.3million for Special Sport Programs.
According to the document from the Council, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) was allocated K210 million despite the association asking for K2.5 billion for national team activities.
Fam already exhausted its allocation and requested for extra funding during the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers, Cosafa Cup and Nations of African Championship.
The Council’s Public Relations Officer Edgar Mtulumbwa said despite budget cuts associations have been getting extra funds.
“All associations know the procedures to ask for extra funds. The door is not closed for the associations as government is willing to support all sports activities in the country,’’ Mtulumbwa said.
Last year, Fam was allocated K300 million for its activities but due to Afcon finals participation and World Cup qualifiers, the association got over K1billion from the Council.
Reacting to the 2022-23 allocation, Fam president Walter Nyamilandu said they already exhausted their allocation.
“It is harsh and unfair when you consider the high cost of living and our huge budget,’’ he said.
Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has been allocated K155 million despite requesting for K1 billion for its activities whereas Hockey Association of Malawi (Ham) has been given K25 million.
Nam vice General Secretary Chimwemwe Bakali also confirmed the allocation.
Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) has been allocated K10 million whereas Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) has been given K9 million.
Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) has been allocated K5 million just like Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal). Chessam president Susan Namangale said there is a need to invest more in sports.
“Sports in Malawi is treated casually or socially and we must change this as a country and start looking at sports as a real tool for social economic development and well-being,’’ she said.
Associations such as Taekwondo, Weightlifting, Special Olympics, Cycling, table tennis, bowling, golf, draughts and pool have each been allocated K4 million. Lawn tennis and Judo have been allocated K1 million and K2 million respectively.