Malawi cancels Mozambique friendly over forex crunch

By Afred Timkweje, Nyasa Times

Malawi government has confirmed the cancellation of the friendly match between the Flames and Mozambique’s Mambas which was scheduled to take place on 10th August in Maputo, Mozambique.

The government says it does not have forex to support the Flames trip to Maputo.

Director of Sports Jameson Ndalama said that due to forex problems in the country, government issued a directive to ban on all foreign trips using its coffers.

“Money is available but Football Association of Malawi ( FAM)   did not meet some of the requirement which they were asked to justify like why playing the friendly game away not home? We know that we will play Tunisia here, and there was no need travel to Mozambique since the readiness game will be played in Malawi,” said Ndalama.

The postponement of the game which was lined up to be the only strength testing match before the Flames meet Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on  September  3 will heavily affect the performance of the team in their do or die encounter against the Tunisians.

Flames: No friendly

The development means that the Flames will not play any friendly match before meeting the Eagles of Carthage-Tunisia.

However, Tunisia will be playing Mali in their build up match against the Flames.

Meanwhile, Flames need to win their game against Tunisia to keep their dreams of qualifying for the 2012 African Cup of Nations alive.

Botswana already qualified leads group K with 17 points from 7 games, Tunisia come second with 10 points from 6 games, Flames come third with the same number of games and points, with Togo on position four with 3 points from 6 games while Chad anchors the table with 2 points from 6 games.

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