Finally, Malawi national football team supporters will don Flames jerseys as the first consignment of the replicas is set to hit the market next week.
FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda yesterday said Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has cleared the consignment which arrived two weeks ago.
He said the secretariat was now waiting for the FAM executive committee to approve the prices for the black and red jerseys.
“The consignment has now been cleared. We have submitted a proposal to the executive committee [ex-co] on the prices for each piece and other logistics. What is remaining is for the ex-co to approve the proposal at this weekend’s meeting to be held in Blantyre,” Gunda said.
He said unlike in the past deals with Puma and Umbro in which FAM signed a closed contract with a specific number of units to be ordered and sold within a certain period, this time the association has an open deal.
“We will let the demand dictate the quantity. The good thing is we are not tied to a contract to sell a specific number of units,” Gunda said.
In an earlier interview, FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said the International Sports Apparel Design Institute (Isad) deal was ideal due to its flexibility.
“The unique and underlying element of this contract is that it offers us leverage and flexibility to vary designs and quantities as per market dynamics, therefore we shall place orders dependent on demand,” he said.
The availability of the jerseys is a relief for Flames supporters who were forced to wear old ones.
FAM commercial and marketing director Limbani Matola last month confirmed that the association was overwhelmed by the demand for the new Flames replica jerseys from both within and outside the country.
Early this year, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) signed a deal with Isad, owned by former Bafana Bafana player Kagisho Dikgaco, to supply all national team uniforms and replica jerseys.