FAM has said the proposed new allowances for the Flames have now been effected leading to their game bonus being hiked more than three times.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda said the Flames are now getting K100 000 each for a win, up from K30 000. The hike represents a 233 percent increase.
“In most of the recent crucial games, they were being offered K100 000 each as a special incentive for a win, but I can confirm that the allowances have now been normalised upon FAM executive committee’s approval and they have already started getting the revised allowances,” said Nyirenda.
He also disclosed that the national soccer team’s daily camping allowance has been doubled from K3 000 to K6 000 each, representing a 100 percent hike.
Nyirenda said the hike will be effected on a cost-sharing mechanism between the association and government.
It is reported that government’s game bonus for a win is still pegged at K30 000 each and FAM will be topping up the remainder [K70 000], so too with the daily camping allowance.
Flames liaison officer James Sangala, who doubles as a player, said the players were excited at the development.
“I can confirm that the proposed allowances were indeed effected and they have been a source of motivation to the players. On behalf of the players, I would like to express gratitude to the association for heeding the call to review the allowances,” said Sangala.
Former Flames captain Peter Mponda, who led the crusade to have the allowances revised before he hung up his boots, said though long overdue, FAM needs to be commended for the gesture.
“It might have taken years, but it is relieving to learn that the players are now getting better allowances. It is not just about serving one’s country, players need to be rewarded for their sweat and service to their nation.
“In the same vein, FAM needs to be commended for the gesture because there are other national associations that are even struggling to raise players’ allowances,” said Mponda.