Some TNM Super League players yesterday smiled all the way to the bank after getting their Covid-19 Special Relief Fund money from Football Association of Malawi (FAM).
Mzuzu Warriors topped the list of beneficiaries after FAM deposited K1.4 million in the bank accounts of the team’s players and officials.
Each player and official will get K40 000 per month for six months.
Ekwendeni Hammers were second on the list having received K1 360 000 for 34 players and officials while Be Forward Wanderers and Mafco received K1 320 000 each for 33 players.
Moyale Barracks got K1 280 000 for 32 players and officials while Chitipa United, Civil Service and Red Lions received K1 240 000 each for 31 players and officials.
Silver Strikers and Blue Eagles received K1.2 million each for 30 players and officials while Mighty Tigers, Karonga United and Ntopwa have received slightly over K1 million.
Kamuzu Barracks (K840 000) and TN Stars (K280 000) anchor the list of the beneficiaries while Nyasa Big Bullets players are yet to get their share.
FAM competitions and communication director Gomezgani Zakazaka said yesterday the distribution of the money was based on the number of players each club has registered with Mpira Connect.
Nyasa Big Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga said they submitted the list of the beneficiaries late.
Meanwhile, the players thanked FAM for the relief funds, saying it will help alleviate their economic problems brought by the suspension of football due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
Mighty Tigers vice-captain Christopher Mikuwa said the suspension of football has affected the players and their families.
“We are very happy to receive the money. Life has been very hard for us,” he said.
Be Forward Wanderers defender Stanley Sanudi said the money would help cushion the pay cut which the Nomads effected at the club.
In total FAM, disbursed K17 240 000 to 431 players from 15 Super League clubs.