A promise delivered as Football Association of Malawi finally starts distributing COVID-19 Relief Food packs to regional mens and Womens football team players.
The Food packs are party to a number of interventions initiated by FAM courtesy of the FAM COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Addressing the press, FAM President Nyamilandu admitted that the suspension of the game of football has hugely impacted on the lives of athletes plying their trade in regional mens and womens football since most of them are not salaried.
Nyamilandu has since announced that his association is anticipating funds amounting to 1.8 million kwacha from the World Football Governing Body and the continents mother body CAF to go towards the same course.
“Am glad to report that funds amounting to over 1.8 million US dollars from FIFA and CAF respectively will be reaching us shortly.
“These funds comes at a critical time when life has become difficult bear for our athletes whose source of income has heavily been affected by the suspension of the game due to the threat of Covid-19.
Therefore, i am optimistic that these monies massively aid these athletes to keep going in this new normal”, said Nyamilandu.
The Association conducted a similar exercise in the northern region where FAM 2nd Vice President Othaniel Hara officially launched the distribution of FAM Covid-19 Food Packs.
Elsewhere, FAM Executive Committee member Chimango Munthali who is also FAM Covid-19 Task Force Chairperson commenced the distribution exercise of these Food Packs to Central region Women’s and Premier League teams.
According to FAM Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka, who is also FAM COVID-19 Relief Fund Desk Officer, these interventions that came into force in June this year, will run for a period of at least 6 months.
Among others the interventions will the payment of at least K40, 000 each to 35 individuals per team as well as 186 referees playing their trade in the elite league TNM Super League.
Meanwhile, Zakazaka says FAM is now focusing on implementing the other relief initiatives that will cover referees, Regional League Teams and Women Football Teams.
On the other hand, the association will be giving food packs to 30 individuals of each of the 62 Regional League Premier Divisions teams and 30 individuals of each of the 21 Womens League teams.