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Sports Ministry assures Flames on K154 million Afcon deficit

The Flames training

George Kaudza Masina

Ministry of Youth and Sports has said there is no need to raise an alarm as there is a possibility of getting an extra K154 million from Treasury towards Flames’ Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) budget.

The development comes as time is running out for Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to get extra funds for the continental showpiece.

Spokesperson in the ministry Allie Kalichero said there is no need to press a panic button.

“We requested Treasury for the extra funds for the team. It is our hope that we will get the response after the holidays. No cause for worry because government understands the importance of the Afcon finals,” Kalichero said.

The association had a K154 million shortfall on their K525 million Afcon budget.

K127 million was raised by Fam Taskforce, of which K54 million was raised during the Flames fundraising dinner at Kamuzu Palace.

K73.4 million was raised during the fundraising golf tournament held at Lilongwe Golf Club.

Fam president Walter Nyamilandu was not readily available for his comment.

However, during the press conference recently, he said the money was meant for essential necessities including allowances for the players.

The Flames are currently in Saudi Arabia for camp training before proceeding to Cameroon for the Afcon finals.

Saudi Arabia FA reportedly contributed K156 million towards Flames Afcon budget which included accommodation during the 10-day camping and air tickets to the oil rich nation and Cameroon.

Sports analyst George Kaudza Masina said the chances are high that government will release the money.

“I am sure government will give Fam the deficit. But Fam made a mistake asking for extra funds after it had already presented its budget,” Kaudza Masina said.

Government in September released K401 million for the team’s World Cup assignments in which they won a single match and lost five times.

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