By Baron Kironde
The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has awarded the Malawian national team an extra K1 million (roughly UGX five million) each as a bonus for qualifying for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nation.
This is less than a week after FAM fulfilled its pledge to pay the Flames bonuses within 30 days for the 2021 AFCON qualifying victories against South Sudan and Uganda.
The players are entitled to a K500,000.00 (approx UGX2.5M) bonus for a win, for those that feature in a match, while unused substitutes get half the amount and those not in the matchday squad receive K125,000.00.
In October last year, FAM pledged a qualification bonus of K1 million per player who has played at least 75% of the total number of games in the qualifiers.
Flames captain Limbikani Mzava confirmed receiving the funds and thanked FAM for keeping their promise.
“FAM has never paid us late,” he said, adding; “We knew they would honour their pledge. We now shift focus to preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers which start in June.”
FAM General Secretary Alfred Gunda said the Association is committed to ensuring the players are motivated by ensuring that it fulfils its pledges.
Gunda also admitted that the federation had to dig deep into their coffers to fulfil their promise as a reward to the players for making Malawi proud.
That partly explains why the package took a little longer to reach.
Gunda commended that the turnaround of performance was incredible, having not conceded a goal in the second round nor lost any match.
“We remain committed to motivating the players to go the extra mile by maintaining the new incentive policy which has worked to good effect,” Gunda disclosed.
“We are delighted to honour our pledge to the players for qualifying to the Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroun 2022 with a cool MK1 million each.”
“This is on top of their new game bonus of MK500, 000 each which yields a further MK1 million for the last two matches against South Sudan and Uganda.
The Flames played six games during the just ended qualifiers meaning that players that were part of the squad in four or more games have received K1 million.
Those that were part of the team for three matches have received K 500,000. 00 while those for two games and below got K 333.000.00.
Malawi qualified for their third AFCON finals in history following a 1-0 victory in the final qualifying game in Blantyre. They finished as group B runners up behind Burkina Faso who topped the group on 12 points.