Ministry of sports, youth and culture has directed northern region TNM super league side Chitipa united to put their request in writing as they seek help on how to clear their 36 seater coaster which is at Songwe boarder.
The club has been sourcing money from well wishers as they look for K6,500,000 which Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) charged as clearing fee for the bus which has been stranded at the border since January. The team managed to source K4,500,000 which is not equal to the demand of MRA which has prompted the minister of sports, youth and culture honourable Francis Phiso to advise the club to put their request in writing.
“I have been in talks with officials for the club who have done a good job in buying a coaster for themselves but are having a shortfall of money to clear it at the boarder. I have advised them to put their request in writing to the ministry of sports and I will take the letter to the finance ministry to see how the club can be helped as part of football and sports development in the country,” said Phiso.
General secretary for the club, Duma Ng’oma has confirmed receiving directions from the minister which is giving hope and relief to the club that it might be cleared soon.
“We have been directed by the minister of sports to write about our bus clearance request and that’s a good thing on our side as it is giving us hope that they are willing to help us get our bus cleared which we would love to see done before the season starts so that we should reduce transport cost incurred when playing away games,” Ng’oma said.
Chitipa united will play in the super league for the second consecutive season having survived relegation during their debut season in 2019 and has managed to buy a coaster worth K5,500 500 they sourced from well wishers.