COVID-19: FAM gets US$1.5m, awaits FIFA guidelines

FIFA COVID-19 Fund, FAM

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) director of competitions and communication, Gomezgani Zakazaka has said they will wait for guidelines from FIFA on how to use the US$1.5 million Coronavirus (COVID-19) fund.

On Thursday, the world football governing body announced that its board had approved the universal grant to its member associations, of which US$500, 000 dollars is meant for women football.

Zakazaka said the association is happy with the development.

“We are happy and we are thankful to FIFA. But we will wait for guidelines on how we'll  spend the money. They have just approved the proposals on how to help their members associations.

"So, FIFA funding comes with guidelines on how you can access it and how you can spend it. They communicate with a blue print. After the document is given to us, FAM Exco and stakeholders will decide,” he said.

Last month, FAM already set up a K400 million relief fund, that saw its member associations benefit through monthly stipends to Super League players and officials, and women football teams.

The association also extended the relief to referees and regional leagues teams and officials.

FAM used the money meant for projects after getting a nod from FIFA.

“We are happy because FAM already started the Relief Fund using other developmental projects. We are assured now that we will help our member associations and return to our projects track,” Zakazaka added.

The effect of COVID-19 led to the suspension of the 2020-2021 season and FAM is engaging government for a possible return of the sport in August.