Malawi National Sports Council (MNSC) has been allocated K660 million by the Government in provision National Budget to bankroll programmes of over 40 Associations for the next three months, Malawi sports has confirmed.
Acting executive Secretary Henry Mareka suggested in an interview that the funds will be enough to carter for industry’s need but some other association fear it falls short of their demand.
Mareka said they will analyze the programs and fund those that need urgent attention. He believes that they will successfully manage their operations with those resources at hand.
In the previous month, parliament approved K511.3 billion provisional budget to cover for three months after which it will pass full financial plan. According to The Ministry of Finance, Economic planning and development, it came up with the provisional budget because there was insufficient time for a full budget as the country was smarting from the May tripartite Election. They expected to spend K165 millions of their allocation funds on the councils operation.
Football Association of Malawi is ultimately making soccer the key consumer of the allocated funds because it has a number of programs in the next four months.
Alfred Gunda, general secretary of soccer governing body could not provide the Associations budget for the next three months, he said, “we only have an annual project of overK1.3 billion for the national team, looking at both men and women’s senior and junior teams in respective competitions.
However, sports councils documents showed that FAM submitted K400 supplementary budget.
FAM wants K150 million for Under-17 Cosafa Cup hosting, K70 million for the Under-17 national team preparation for the same tournament and K169 million for the women football teams Cosafa championship and Olympic Games qualifier against Kenya.
FAM will leave the other sports codes and programs if it gets the chunks and the council gets the operation cut with less than K100 million to finance their operations.
Reacting to the development, Edgar Ng’ong’ola secretary general of Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal) said it was unfortunate that despite a myriad outcries, sports is still underfunded and on average, his body submits to the council a budget of around K100 million every year, but only it funds them around K1 million.
Athletics association of Malawi said they will need K6 million within the stipulated budgeted period of time to fund six athletes’ trip to World athletic Championship in Qater. Frank Chitembeya, the general secretary, said they submitted a K42 million annual budget to the council but feared that the K660 million allocation does not paint a rosy picture.
“Every year we give around K1.7 million having requested for k 39 million on average. Though this is just a provisional budget, there isn’t any hope that we will get better funding this year,”Chitembeya said.