Stars not happy with FAM’s decision over COVID-19 fund

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Kasungu based super league side TN Stars football club has questioned the decision made by football association of Malawi (FAM) on how they are going to distribute the money FIFA allocated to FA as a relief for clubs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, FAM announced the allocation of K350 million as a relief fund to teams playing in the super league, each player for women’s football teams and elite league referees  will receive K40 ,000 every month from June this year. This raised eyebrows as some teams in the country’s elite league have steady sponsorship than others.

Of the 16 teams that will play in the fourth coming season, Ntopwa, Tigers, Chitipa united, Karonga united, Mzuzu Warriors, Ekwendeni Hammers and TN Stars football clubs do not have sponsorship and rely on money from individuals who run the clubs while Civo service united, Blue Eagles, Kamuzu Barracks, Moyale Barracks and Red Lions receive sponsorship from government institutions and will still be allocated money as salaries.

The 2019 TNM super league champions, Nyasa Big Bullets, Be forward wanderers and Silver strikers are also expected not to suffer much as they receive sponsorship from Nyasa Manufacturing company (NMC), Be Forward Limited and the reserve bank of Malawi respectively.

Speaking in an interview, Chief executive officer for TN Stars football club Johns Banda said it is not a fair decision from FAM that the 16 teams in the super league receive equal share of the relief funds as some teams have a good financial muscle than others.

“FAM came up with a good decision to help clubs with a little something to help players from different teams during this time of coronavirus but we feel the decision is not fair as they want the money to be shared equally among teams that have sponsorship and those that don’t have sponsorship.

“We feel teams that don’t have sponsorship such as Tigers, TN Stars, Ntopwa and others should get a lions share compared to teams that have sponsorship from government institutions such as Civo service united and Bullets who receive sponsorship from Nyasa Manufacturing company,” he said.

FAM promised to start giving teams the relief fund towards the end of the month of June until December this year.

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