Malawi national football team, the Flames, will need not less than a K1 billion to fulfill its engagements in the upcomng World Cup and Africa Cup of Nation (Afcon) tournament, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu Manda has said.
Malawi is set to participate in World Cup qualification, which starts later in June this year and the Africa Cup of Nations finals, which the Flames has just qualified for after booting out the Uganda Cranes and is slated for Cameroon in January 2022.
Nyamilandu-Manda was speaking in Lilongwe on Thursday when President Chakwera hosted the Flames to congratulate the team for earning a qualification to the finals and to wish them all the success in Cameroons.
“For for the World Cup only the national senipr team will need K621 million while for AFCON finals, the team needs K575 Million. Your Excellency sir, We will need your usual support in this,” said Nyamilandu – Manda.
The FAM president Walter was ecstatic and he thanked President Chakwera for hosting the team saying it was a historical event and a motivation for the boys as it is the team’s first time to have an interface with him since he assumed the office of the president last year.
Nyamilandu-Manda expressed gratitude to the president for his his administration’s commitment in supporting the team, while preparing for the games in the campaign.
In his keynote address, President Chakwera congratulated coach Meke Mwase and the boys for the team’s qualification to the finals, saying it was not an easy task but that with love for their country and managed to defy the odds.
President Chakwera who encouraged the team not to be satisfied, said; “A qualification alone is not enough as Malawi has done that before, but that the team should aim high and must go beyond with a fighting spirit that can put the country on the world map.”
Chakwera concurred with Flames Captain John CJ Banda who pleaded with the Malawi leader on the need to invest more into tthe game and welfare of players including good housing.
Malawi won its two last games, against South Sudan and Uganda to earn a qualification for the finals in Cameroon with 10 points.