Parliamentary Committee on Social and Community Welfare has backed the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) call for the National Assembly to start supporting football directly rather than through the Malawi National Council of Sports vote.
The support was rallied during a hearing into the challenges facing the national team and football in general, which the committee hosted at the Parliament Building in Lilongwe on Wednesday.
Addressing the meeting which comprised Parliamentarians, FAM and Government representatives, FAM President Walter Nyamilandu said football standards are poor in the country because football does not receive much support from government and the corporate sector.
Currently, FAM receive the grants from the National Budget, which are meant for the Senior Mens National team only, through the Council which disburses the allocated funds to 43 sports associations.
Nyamilandu said this set up means that football, the most followed sport, gets little when weighed against its budget.
For instance, he said, for the past three years, the Malawi National Football Team budget has been pegged at around K1 billion but only less than K300 million has been handed to the association.
“I would like to ask Parliament to start giving football and netball direct funding. This would help us to get a better package than the case with the current arrangement,” he said.
The committee’s chairperson Richard Chimwendo Banda welcomed the proposal saying it could prove to be crucial in uplifting football.
“We are not underrating the Council but it would be better to take some of these burdens off it. Football and netball are the major sports and it would be sensible to allocate them funds separately,” he said.
Chimwendo pointed out that his committee will compile a report which will recommend the change in the financing arrangement.
However, The Committee challenged FAM to solve the Malawi National football team underperfoming problems.
Banda said the Flames results are below expectations and the football motherbody should provide answers.