FAM partners Rab to extend Covid-19 relief to regional teams

The Football Association of Malawi has partnered with Rab Processers to extend the FAM Covid-19 Relief programme to Regional Leagues teams.

Speaking at a joint press briefing on Monday morning FAM President Walter Nyamilandu and Rab Processors Chief Executive Officer Ahmed Sunka said they will distribute Relief Packs of assorted food items worth MK120 million to registered players and officials of all the Premier League teams in the three regional leagues for a duration of seven months with effect from 1st June.

Nyamilandu said the programme is targeting 62 teams with a maximum number of 25 players and 5 officials and each team will be getting 30 bespoke branded packs, valued at K10,000 each.

In total FAM will distribute 1,860 packs a month which translates to 13,020 packs for the duration of seven months.

“FAM has partnered with Rab Processors that has offered a “Value in Kind” contribution towards the COVID-19 Relief Packs. In addition, Rab Processors has undertaken to distribute the COVID-19 Relief Packs to the teams’ bases across the country.

“The funding of the COVID Relief Packs will come from the same budget of MK350 million that was previously announced. FAM will contribute K98 million while Rab Processors will cushion the rest of the costs,” said Nyamilandu.

He added that FAM has taken a phased approach in rolling out the Relief programme which was launched last week with the first phase targeting Super League players and officials.

“Realising that we have a lot of players that are engaged in organised football at all levels of the game, we decided to take a phased approach to rolling out relief support to the various leagues.

“This is 2nd phase which is targeting the bottom tier league having already catered for the top leagues of both males and females through the monthly stipend,” said Nyamilandu.

In his remarks Sunka said they have been in talks with FAM to collaborate on an initiative that can help during this time of Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our contribution to this programme comes at a time when football players in the country are off the pitch as one measure of preventing the covid-19 pandemic that has held the world hostage from spreading further,” said Sunka.

FAM has since set up a COVID Desk for administration of the relief programmes and will be led by the Competitions Director, Gomezgani Zakazaka who will be available to handle any enquiries or queries related to the relief program.

The total package for the Relief fund is K332.8 million, sourced from FAM’s FIFA Forward the projects fund. The breakdown as follows: Super League teams- K140 million, Women’s Football- K73.5 million, Referees- K21.3 million and Regional Leagues Teams K 98 Million.

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