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Teams want Fam to review policies

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By Bernard Mhone:

Alfred Gunda

Some TNM Super League teams have asked Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to review its policies for the betterment of their welfare.

The top flight league has several teams that rely on sponsorship from individuals and are heavily dependent on gate collections to sustain their operations.

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Chitipa United General Secretary (GS), Duma Ngoma, said Fam needed to take the leading role in helping teams to secure sponsorship.

Ngoma also asked Fam to introduce participation prize money for every team in the league and abolish its 10 per cent cut from gate collections.

“Fam should lobby with the government for consideration on custom duty clearance when we import sports-related materials. Fam should strive towards changing its policies for the sake of the game. For example, the cut that the association gets from gate collections is just too much.

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“It does not benefit teams but Fam itself. Just imagine how much a team gets after playing for the whole season! It is peanuts when you compare expenses that we incur to participate in various competitions. We deserve better,” he said.

Ngoma called on Fam to lend a helping hand to clubs each time they require help, citing the association’s failure to help in clearing their bus which was held up for six months at Songwe border where Malawi Revenue Authority demanded payment of duty.

Karonga United GS, Ramsy Simwaka, said Fam should forego its cut from Super League games.

“Fam gets a share from gate collections in all cup games. This should be enough for them. They should drop their cut from Super League games. It is sad that various stakeholders gang up to get much more than teams that spend quite a lot to fulfil their games. Teams sweat for the money but end up getting peanuts,” Simwaka said.

Mighty Tigers Technical Director Robin Alufandika concurred with Simwaka and Ngoma, saying it is high time Fam implemented policies that directly benefit clubs.

However, Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda said clubs should appreciate initiatives which the association implements to support teams through gate collection revenue.

“We also need to support programs within our system. So whenever we have a deficit, we factor in revenue from such sources. Policy review must indeed be initiated but in an appropriate manner through proper channels.

“Clubs are affiliated to Sulom [Super League of Malawi], so they should table the matter at their forum. Stakeholders earn gate collection revenue through their various contributions to the game. There are regulations which guide the distribution of the revenue.

“The cut we get from football matches is used to support football in the country through different programmes. So clubs should not think that we just squander earnings from various games,” Gunda said.

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