The Minister of Youth and Sports Enock Chihana on Wednesday afternoon pledged to the Flames that government will give the players more incentives and allowances when they beat Ghana in Saturday’s crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
Chihana said this when he inspected CIVO stadium to see the progress of renovations taking place at the ground which is the venue for match.
Speaking in his key note address to the players, Chihana encouraged the players to work hard and assured them of maximum support from the government and the general public.
“You have nothing to lose, all of us will come up with full force to support you this Saturday so that we burn the black Stars” said Chihana.
Commenting on players game bonuses, the sports minister said his ministry will make sure that the players be rewarded in a better way once they beat Ghana.
“We will try to give you something good not like what you have been receiving previously” said Chihana adding that he is since approaching a number of companies seeking help.
“ Although we appreciate how strained our budget is but we will still seek ways to go around it and am already in talks with some players in the private sector to see if they can come in to help as well,” said Chihana.
The Minister also spoke on the proposal he made some months ago that national team players should be given Malawi Housing Corporation houses, assuring them the plan is still alive and it will materialise.
“It is important that we provide a decent place for accommodation for our players as one way of keeping them motivated. You are our assets and therefore we need to treat you as such so that you are in a position to deliver as well, so I want to assure you guys that whatever it takes this proposal will work,” he said.
The minister who was accompanied by the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Sports and Development Justin Said who also wished the players all the best in Saturdays encounter and told them everything is possible as long as you put your heart in it.