The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has generously rewarded the victorious Scorchers players for their outstanding achievement in winning the COSAFA Women’s Championship.
FAM President Walter Nyamilandu announced this decision during a warm welcome dinner for the regional champions.
The FAM, echoing its support for Malawi’s national football teams, felt duty-bound to recognize the incredible performance of the Scorchers by awarding each player an impressive K1 million as a bonus, mirroring a similar gesture made to the Flames when they qualified for the 2021 AFCON finals.
In addition to the substantial K1 million bonus, the Association will also provide each squad member with K200,000.00 as appearance fees, K1 million as a game bonus for winning five games at K200,000.00 per game, and a USD 1,500 (approximately K1,753,500) external travel allowance. In total, each player will receive about K4 million.
President Walter Nyamilandu expressed the Association’s commitment to rewarding the players, saying, “These girls deserve better. They deserve more than words and clapping hands.
As we are aware, COSAFA does not provide prize money for this competition, which would typically be shared among the team. We take pride in our women and give them good bonuses by our standards. We don’t have enough resources, but from the little we have, we want to appreciate the girls’ achievement.”
He added, “We feel duty-bound that what we did and the gesture we showed the Flames when they qualified for AFCON two years ago should be shown to the ladies as well because they have brought us joy and pride. From the little we have, that’s the best we can do now. But we know the government has big news, and they will break the big news at the right time.”
FAM also expressed gratitude to Goshen Trust for providing a K39 million package, enabling the Association to purchase air tickets for the team’s travel to South Africa for the tournament.
President Nyamilandu expressed his appreciation for Goshen Trust’s support, particularly thanking Dr. Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, the founder of Goshen City.
He said, “At the moment, we were approaching them, we didn’t have any money for this tournament. When the door opened, it gave us the drive to join this competition. But I look back and say, what if we had withdrawn? Would we have witnessed this glory? No.”
He concluded, “We believe everything happens for a reason, and for us, this has happened to tell us to fully support women’s football. While we have been looking for this baby all these years single-handedly, we would like the private and public sectors to come and join hands with us for this baby to grow and reach its full potential.”
Malawi’s Minister of Youth and Sport, Uchizi Mkandawire, shared that State President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera would host the team for a luncheon on Wednesday afternoon, further emphasizing the government’s commitment to honoring and supporting the achievements of the Scorchers.
The Football Association of Malawi’s heartfelt recognition and support for the Scorchers not only reflects their dedication to promoting women’s football but also serves as an encouragement for aspiring female footballers in the nation.