By Richard Tiyesi – Timveni Sports desk
FAM has rolled out its COVID-19 Relief Fund Initiatives after paying out monthly stipends to 431 Super League players and team officials totaling to K17.2 m on Thursday morning.
FAM Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka, who is also FAM COVID-19 Relief Fund Desk Officer, said the Association is delighted to have fulfilled its pledge to bail out Super League stakeholders.
“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 official 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,” said Zakazaka.
The beneficiaries, who confirmed receiving their dues through their bank accounts, have thanked FAM for the gesture.