Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is facilitating that supporters should follow the national football team to Zimbabwe to cheer the Flames in their almost a formality 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match to be played on Sunday.
Fam’s Commercial & Marketing Director Limbani Cliff Matola said supporters are expected to contribute MK30,000 for the return trip which includes free entry tickets to the match.
Matola said this is a response to numerous requests from the supporters.
“It became apparently clear that with the overwhelming interest that we are receiving, the patriotic supporters would still go ahead to travel to Zimbabwe even without us coming in,” Matola said.
“So our coming in is barely to make the arrangement formal and organised. “The K30,000 is for transportation to and fro Zimbabwe, the entry ticket.”
He said the supporters will have to fend for themselves in terms of food and accomodation.
Zimbabwe lead the Group L with eight points, followed by Swaziland and Guinea, who tie on five points.
Malawi have two points from two draws against Guinea and Swaziland.
If the Flames win their two remaining matches, against Zimbabwe on Sunday and the last against Swaziland and Zimbabwe go on to lose their last match against Guinea, they will tie at 8 points.
But should Guinea win their remaining games they will have 11 points. If they will draw with Swaziland and beat Zimbabwe, they will have nine points.
It’s really a tall order for the Flames to think that some miracle can happen from the other contestants of dropping points.
Perhaps, what they can achieve is to beat the Flames and salvage some pride like what Fam president Walter Nyamilandu said on Tuesday when the team received a timely funding of K50 million from official sponsors Carlsberg for the Zimbabwe game as well as for the Cosafa.
He urged the youthful Flames squad to fight their lungs out and defeat Zimbabwe to boost their morale ahead of the Cosafa tournament.
“Take this game very seriously because it wil be a game changer for you,” he said. “Walk the talk and take the bull by the horn, the country is expecting a good result after failing to register a win in this Nations Cup campaign.
“Zimbabwe might be considering you as underdogs but go and surprise them. If you win against Zimbabwe, then it will
“Show that the team’s rebuilding exercise is a success by beating Zimbabwe and winning the Cosafa title,” he said.
How they stand:
P W L D GF GA GD Pts
1. Zimbabwe 4 2 0 2 8 3 5 8
- Swaziland 4 1 1 2 5 8 -3 5
- Guinea 4 1 1 2 4 4 0 5
- Malawi 4 0 2 2 4 6 -2 2
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