Broke Malawi may withdraw from Africa Cup qualifying

Malawi may be forced to pull out of qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations because they do not have the money to play their final two games as the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has  cancelled the national team’s training camp.

Football Association of Malawi  CEO Sugzo Nyirenda:  It's pathetic
Football Association of Malawi CEO Sugzo Nyirenda: It’s pathetic

The Flames sit in third place in Group B, with matches against second-placed Mali and bottom side Ethiopia to come.  Malawi are scheduled to host Mali on 15 November and travel to Ethiopia for their final match four days later.

FAM general secretary Suzgyo Nyirenda  said  the training camp “has been postponed until funding has been identified”, adding that government has said it will not provide funding.

“The decision by our main sponsor, the Malawi Government, not to provide financial resources for the previous fixture and remaining fixtures of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations has left FAM with no option but to suspend camp training of the Malawi National Football Team to avoid incurring debts that FAM would not be able to settle,” Nyirenda explained.

“FAM would like to further note that in the event that funding is not identified, it will be compelled to withdraw the Malawi National Football Team from the on-going Africa Cup of Nations.”

He said FAM are trying to engage a number of organisations to give us US$155,000 (about  K62 million) to complete the assignment.

Should they fail to raise the money required to play those games, they will be disqualified and their results removed from the table – which will significantly alter the standings.

Withdrawal from Afcon could earn FAM the wrath of Caf with sanctions including suspension from football activities for the next two years.

“It is pathetic we have reached this position. We are hopeful something will happen, but if the situation remains the same we will definitely have to pull out,” said Nyirenda.

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Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
6 years ago

A FAM mbava. afotokonze komwe kwapita ndalama. Apo bii zikuvutani.

Abiti Mtila
Abiti Mtila
6 years ago

This money is just one cheque from one Cashgate! Why can’t we get the money these thugs stole and fund the team. We are suffering while others are enjoying our hardly earned kwachas? Look how the Manondos are enjoying with their nice cars in town! Look how the suspects are still building houses in the locations! They still have our money but since this so called useless/toothless Courts/ACb are just delaying justice!

Munthu wa Mulungu
Munthu wa Mulungu
6 years ago

Ndalamazo zipezeke. Osamangodziwa kupereka zilango ku mateam, koma kandalama kochepa ngati aka, mitu gwa! pezani ndalama, ntcito yanu ndi imeneyo.

Themba shonga
Themba shonga
6 years ago

lets b crious abt futbal, umin dere z no money! alas, kuganixa moperewera bwnj, y nt wthdrawng durng preliminaries

Mong'onyolani
6 years ago

$155,000 yabvuta kuipeza-zosekesa! Pa esiteti kapena pa farm? Be serious APM. Dos Santosh wa Angola amayikapo mtima pa football. Malawi football team promotion ikusoweka usogoleri wangwiro. Musova

anthony
anthony
6 years ago

finally some1 thinx ryt.Letas concetrate on netball,da quinz woyee

charles libwalo
6 years ago

that’s ma malawi

KONDWANI NYASULU
KONDWANI NYASULU
6 years ago

shaah Suzgo andi friends ku fam ko apa game yagonatu apa mimba zilowa mkati. Nanga simumenda shoulder high mukabako tindalama ta mpira ndikumanyenga mokweza pa hule patown pano

nkhedu
6 years ago

just watching as the thrilling drama continues….luking 4ward for new episodes.

M'ngoni wa pa Ntcheu
M'ngoni wa pa Ntcheu
6 years ago

That’s the consequences of putting mulhakho on a driving seat of Malawi. I’ve just heard that even soft drinks are scarce now, very soon it will be sugar, fuel, forex, and already kwacha is nose-diving, punitive taxes are on the table to be intruded. Poor Malawians with poor thinking will now reap dearly for bringing back in town dpp mulhakho evil regime.

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