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‘We are in dire straits’

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Walter Nyamilandu

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) president Walter Nyamilandu has asked the government to meet the K154 million deficit as the association was sailing in financial woes.

Nyamilandu feared the financial challenges could compromise Malawi National Football Team’s performance at the on-going Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.

Flames’ qualification to the last 16 of the continental showpiece has compounded Fam’s misery as it means more expenses.

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The Fam boss said the team needs immediate financial support.

“We are in dire straits at the moment, having come to Cameroon with a deficit of K154 million. Expenditures have increased having qualified to knockout stages of round of the competition. We have made an appeal to the Ministry of Sports to bail us out, bearing in mind that we received a pledge of K154 million,” Nyamilandu said.

Malawi National Council of Sports Public Relations Officer Edgar Ntulumbwa confirmed receiving Fam’s request for extra funds.

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“We forwarded the matter to relevant authorities,” he said.

Ministry of Sports Principal Secretary Oliver Kumbambe said Treasury had committed to pay the funds soon.

“Treasury will give an update by end of day [Friday]. Of course Fam did indicate that the requested resources will be revised, with the Flames advancing to the knockouts. I have been in touch with the Fam president and I told him the information that Treasury are looking for.

“It will be good to assume the Flames will go all the way and Treasury would be happy to know what it will cost so they can plan in advance,” he said.

Kumbambe said despite the delays, the government was committed to support the Flames to the end.

“We had break ups in communication due to Christmas holiday but as a ministry we have been in touch with the relevant authorities and we hope for the better,” he said.

Flames relocated to Yaoundé Friday in readiness of their last 16 clash against Morocco.

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