The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has announced that there won’t be the K60 million Presidential Initiative for Sports (PIS) football tournament in the 2015 football calendar as there seems to be a shortfall of funds.
According to FAM chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda confirmed of the development saying that the national competition, whose district phase was supposed to start last month, was subject to discussions with Sports Council, whose executive secretary George Jana insists there is nothing to discuss.
“We have not finalized our discussions with Sports Council, so as of now, we have taken it off our calendar until we find a solution. After that we may decide where to slot it on the calendar,” said Nyirenda.
Government has put its foot down as, while the money is reflected in the 2014/15 allocation for sports activities, FAM already spent the money to fund the Flames 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying games in extra budgetary allocation after exhausting an initial annual K70 million funding.
Jana recently in an interview with The Nation said that FAM decided to spend the money meant for the PIS on Flames, hence there was nothing to discuss, adding: “It is like withdrawing money from your bank account and going back to the same bank to complain that there is no money.”