Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has hiked Flames’ game bonus from K100 000 to K500 000 each for a win in continental and world tournaments.
The hike translates to a 500 percent increase. The new allowances were approved during a FAM executive committee meeting held in Chintheche, Nkhata Bay on Saturday.
According to a statement issued by FAM yesterday, in regional competitions such as the Cosafa Cup, the Flames will be getting K300 000 each for a win while in international friendlies they will be pocketing K200 000 each.
The players will be getting half the amounts for drawn matches.
FAM has also scrapped off the K6 000 daily training allowance each and, instead, the Flames players will be getting K200 000 each as appearance fee for every call-up ahead of competitive matches and K150 000 each for friendly matches.
Currently, the official bonus for the Flames from government is pegged at K30 000 each for a win and half the amount (K15 000) for a draw. FAM tops up with K70 000 for each player to make it K100 000.
The Malawi national women’s football team, the Scorchers’ bonuses have also been revised and they will be getting K300 000 each for a win in world and continental tournaments, K200 000 each in regional competitions and K100 000 each in international friendlies.
Initially, the Scorchers were getting K30 000 each for a win.
External allowances for both teams have been doubled to $100 each per day.
Flames stand-in captain John ‘CJ’ Banda and his Scorchers counterpart Tabitha Chawinga applauded FAM for the move.
Said Banda: “We are grateful to FAM for heeding our call because for a long time, our allowances have been on the lower side by far. The decision is going to motivate the players to give out something extra.”
On her part, the China-based Tabitha said: “Is that true?…That calls for celebration. The girls have been complaining for a long time that the allowances were on the lower side. Players need incentives for them to give out their best.”
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said the new rates will be effected before the teams’ next competitive matches.