Malawi FA now comfortable with Calabar for Nigeria clash

Football Association of Malawi is comfortable with Calabar to host the crucial World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.

This is in contrast to the association’s fears over the choice of Calabar which prompted Fam to lodge a complaint to Fifa to consider it changing the venue because of security concerns.

Fam General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda, who left earlier week as an advance party with the association’s accountant Christopher Mdoloto to check on the condition of the state, said their counterparts have given them a warm reception.

Nyirenda stated in a media  statement on Tuesday that they were given a chance to inspect some hotels and settled for Dannic Hotel.

“NFF (Nigeria Football Federation)  welcomed the two in Abuja as well as in Calabar. They inspected some of the hotels in Calabar and they have settled for the Dannic Hotel (10 minutes to the stadium). The hotel is new and resembles the Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe and it is generally a good hotel,” Nyirenda said.

Malawi coachTom  Sainfiet having a briefing with FAM CEO  Suzgho Nyirenda
Malawi coachTom Sainfiet having a briefing with FAM CEO Suzgho Nyirenda

Contrary to their expectations Nyirenda confessed that Nigeria Football Federation has been supportive.

“NFF has provided every support required and they are no stone unturned in making sure that all is set for the game. Everyone in Calabar is talking about the game and the game fever is so high here,” reads the statement.

The Flames advance party would inspect the training venue on Wednesday and then  attend a preparatory meeting to be conducted by the NFF.

Nyirenda  is optimistic that the Flames would find the weather favourable since its rainy season in Nigeria.

“In terms of weather, it has been showering this afternoon as we are still in the rainy season in Nigeria. It is generally cool and I think our players will like the weather,” he said.

Flames, who are in Botswana for a friendly game on Tuesday and are expected to leave on Wednesday for Accra Ghana.

They will connect to Calabar on Thursday.

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