The Football Association of Malawi Executive Committee has approved the distribution of the Relief Funds from FIFA and CAF amounting to 1.8 million US as a stimulus package towards recovery of all key stakeholders by subsidising their costs of returning to active football.
At its disposal, FAM has USD1.8 million of which USD1.5 million is from FIFA where USD 500,000 is specifically for Womens Football, effectively cutting home 1.3 million USD towards all other Relief projects.
According to FAM President Walter Nyamilandu, the Associations decision subsidize costs of returning to active football for its key stakeholders emanates from extensive months long consultations on how best it can mitigate the impact of COVID19.
Nyamilandu told the press in Blantyre on Thursday, that FIFA has given the FA a clear direction on how the funds should be used under the concept of Pandemic-Caused Losses and Needs.
“The relevant losses may include, but are not limited to, lost revenues due to the Pandemic whereas relevant needs may include the use of Funding for the restart of competitions across all categories, implementation of return-to-play protocols, including testing, the participation of national teams of all age categories in restarted competition, the maintenance of footballing infrastructure and the payment of general administration and operating costs”, he said.
While the First phase only targeted a few sectors of our stakeholders, Nyamilandu said the Second Phase, has reached to all other sectors of our football ecosystem including Member Associations, Football Clubs, players, fans and media.
A closer look at the disbursement budget outline shows that cumulatively, National Womens Football, Women regional committees, Women elite teams, Women National teams and Women Football Strategic plan has received a total of and USD500, 000.
The Super League of Malawi, Super League Clubs, Regional Associations, Coaches Association, Referees Association and Beach Soccer have been allocated combined funds totaling USD314, 000.
Other funds amounting to USD605, 000 has gone towards Youth Football Association, PPEs-For Elite League Players, Match Organisers, National Teams, FAM, National Teams-Towards Camping and Travel Costs, Football Equipment for Youth, Beach Soccer, Coaches and Regional Teams.
The remaining USD391, 000 targets FAM -Towards Governance, Trainings and other Operational Costs, E-ticketing-Procurement of e-ticketing equipment franchise for advance ticket, Matches Operational Costs for Health Personnel and Other Compliance Officers, Football Players Association-Towards Governance and Operational costs, Football Journalist and Sports Writers Association- Towards Capacity Building, FAM Secretariat-Towards Staff PPE, Regional Premier League Teams- (62 teams @ K1 million) as well as Unforeseen activities.
FIFA has since put in place strict measures to ensure transparency and accountability in the handling of these funds.
“Stakeholders will access this money on Comply and Access basis where they will be given conditions to fulfill in order to access funds.
“We would like to advise our stakeholders to comply with the regulations if they are to fully benefit from the programme”.
As explained, we have not received all the funds from FIFA at the moment, meaning stakeholders will receive their allocations in installments throughout the season”, Nyamilandu clarified.
As of Thursday, the countrys Football governing body had received a total of USD800, 000 for General Football Relief programme and USD500, 000 for Womens Football while the remaining USD 500,000 is expected to be remitted by FIFA in January 2021.