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Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has spent K17.2 million after paying 431 super league players and team officials during the Covid-19 relief fund project.

In April 2020, FAM promised to roll out the relief fund in June until December 2020 to help clubs who are struggling financially as football games are not being played due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking after rolling out the project, FAM competitions and communications director Gomezgani Zakazaka said they are happy to have fulfilled the promise they made to super league clubs.

“We made a commitment to help our players and officials who are struggling financially and we are happy that we have fulfilled our promise. It was so pleasing to see the smiles on the faces of the players as they accessed the money.

“We pledged to pay K40,000 each to 35 individuals per team meaning for the 15 teams, minus Nyasa Big Bullets who are yet to submit their list of beneficiaries, we were supposed to pay 525 beneficiaries. We have paid 431 because the other 94 are not registered on our online stakeholders registration platform, Mpira Connect.

“We set conditions for the teams to fulfill for their players and officials to access the fund like registering them with Super League of Malawi and on Mpira Connect. The teams have been notified to do the needful on their remaining players while Nyasa Big Bullets are also finalizing their submission,” Zakazaka said.

The captain for Tigers football club Christopher Mikuwa who is one of the beneficiaries of the project thanked FAM for the good gesture shown during this time when they are struggling because of not playing football.

“We are grateful to FAM for what they have done, this is not a small gesture. We are thankful to the FAM President Walter Nyamilandu for making this special consideration for us; the players are happy; our families are happy because of this gesture. We will pay our rent on time and even at home, everyone will be happy.

“The suspension of the league really hit us players badly because our survival depends on the game being played. And although we had been practicing regularly, we did not give it all our best because you cannot play football on a hungry stomach”, Mikuwa said.

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