Football Association of Malawi (Fam) will, alongside other 201 Fifa member associations, now be receiving K863,161,000 (U$S1.25 million) annually following the world football governing body’s decision to increase the grant from K271, 600,000 (U$S400,000).
Fifa’s 66th Congress, held in Mexico last week, resolved to increase the Forward Programme funding, which is for projects. Fifa President, Gianni Infantino, hosted the congress which attracted delegates such as Fam second-Vice-President, Othaniel Hara.
Fam President, Walter Nyamilandu, confirmed to Daily Times on Saturday that they had engaged Fifa on funding for projects such as refurbishment of Luwinga Technical Centre in Mzuzu, constructing a technical centre in Lilongwe, a football academy and expanding Chiwembe Stadium into a 20,000-seater by 2017.
“I support the initiative by Fifa to make the budget pro-development. Investment in infrastructure and grassroots football will play a key role in bridging the gap with the developed countries,” he explained.
During the congress, Infantino warned the member associations, including Fam, not to betray the organisation’s trust after the increase in the development funding.
“Don’t betray us, use it for football. What we are putting in place is a mechanism which will make sure Fifa is much more involved with the Member Associations,” Infantino said.
“On a very practical level, we will make sure the money is really invested into football and doesn’t end up in the wrong place.”
A total of US$500,000 of that will come from what Infantino describes as “running costs”, which will be granted to the countries provided they fulfill a minimum of eight often requirements, Insidesports website reported over the weekend.
These range from being awarded US$50,000 for the appointment of a secretary general to being handed the same amount for “running an initiative or project related to integrity or good governance”.
Fifa will grant the other US$750,000 for projects “tailored to the specific needs of the member associations”.
In revealing their revised budget for the period from 2015 to 2018, Fifa claim there is sufficient cash to implement the Fifa Forward Programme in spite of the well-documented financial issues they have faced over the past12 months.