Flames players receive their game bonus

By Burnett Munthali

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) on Thursday paid the Flames players their game bonus immediately after their 3-1 win over Sao Tome and Principle in a World Cup qualifier.

This is the first time ever that players have received their bonus on the same day of the match.

The players are entitled to a K500,000 bonus for a win but FAM added K250,000 on top making it K750,000 which was paid to the players before their departure to Malabo for tomorrow’s encounter against Equatorial Guinea.


“I have been part of the Flames set up since 2011 and never have we been paid our game bonus on the same day. This is historic and very commendable.

“It just shows the new leadership has the welfare of the players at heart. FAM has done its part and has shown its commitment to improve our welfare and its now our turn to deliver on Monday,” said Flames captain John Banda.

Financial rewards in the form of bonuses paid to football players are considered compensation for past struggles and private investments made into players’ futures, some analysts suggest.

However, the payment of bonuses has become a thorny issue in Africa.

Bonuses are frequently awarded for: match appearances, cup round progression, win-bonuses, and also at the end of the season contingent on promotion, league table placing, cup success, or league survival.