FAM says K70m from Malawi govt inadequate

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has disclosed that Malawi government has offered K70 million to the body, a figure described as manifestlyinadequate raising fears that it would put the association in dire financial crises.

FAM General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said on Thursday the association would be in trouble should both the Malawi national Under-20 and senior national teams qualify for the Africa Cup finals.

Nyirenda said the association would need at least K250 million to cover for the six group qualifying matches against Algeria, Guinea and Ethiopia between September and November this year should the Flames beat Benin in the third and final qualifier.

Nyirenda: Funds not enough
Nyirenda: Funds not enough

“We need at least K250 million should we pass through Benin for six group qualifying matches expenses,” he said.

He also said the association would need K150 million to cater for the Under-20 national team should it beat Zambia to qualify for the Senegal Under-20 Caf Youth Championship.

But the FAM General Secretary said the association would keep its fingers crossed because it would engage the government in talks over funding should Malawi qualify for Under-20 and senior tournaments.

“If we will qualify in both competitions we will engage the government in talks to see how best they could assist us to participate,” Nyirenda said.

Meanwhile, the government has released K50 million from the K2014/15 national budget allocation to the football association of which K40 million would cater for the Benin game expenses.

The game would be played on Sunday, 20, July with the return leg coming up in two weeks time in Malawi.

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