Malawi face K8mil fine and ban over Africa Cup of Nations withdrawal

Malawi is likely to face financial penalties of up to K8 million for pulling out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN)  and could be suspended from future tournaments.

Youthful Flames squad miss chance to play in CHAN.-Photo by Alex Mwazalumo, Nyasa Times

The Football Association of Malawi  (FAM) says it will withdraw from the qualifying competition for the 2019 African Cup of Nations because it can’t afford to fund the Flames  team’s campaign.

FAM says it still needs to officially inform the Confederation of African Football  (CAF) of its intention to withdraw. It says it’s also pulling out of next year’s African Nations Championship.

CAF is expected to slap Malawi with a fine as  regulations as read with Chapter 27, Article 58 stipulates that any FA withdrawing from the competition will be liable to a fine of $10,000.

“It will aso not be allowed ti participate in the next edition of the Afcon.”

FAM  announced it was withdrawing from the competitions citing financial constraints and the non-availability of a national team coach.

It says in a statement it is “fully aware of the negative implications” but the situation “cannot be avoided looking at the current level of desperation.”

FAM General Secretary Alfred Gunda said it would be better to pay the fine than remain in competitions which the country cannot afford.

‘If we are avoiding the fines then it means we should have the finances to participate which are much more huge, so with that we will look around and see how best we can pay the fines”

“We may need to negotiate on paying the fines in instalments although we know it will have to be ourselves (FAM) to foot the fines” he said.

Malawi were drawn against Madagascar in their opening match of the 2018 CHAN qualifying campaign which gets underway in April.

They were set to meet the winners of the tie between Comoros and Mauritius at home on 13 June in their first 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

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7 thoughts on “Malawi face K8mil fine and ban over Africa Cup of Nations withdrawal”

  1. mbisa james says:

    To me i think now we malawians we open our ears because we have been loosing money for nothing.look on National team we benefiting nothing from it,so to come up with that point am very happy,lets give our moral support to akutiyka pa map osati mbwerera zinazi queens,

  2. malawi should participate in all competions this was what Nyamilandu promised during his compain.we imformed his followers that now this man has run out of ideas they insisted,look now

  3. mutharika says:

    Chaponda must pay K8 000 000 to CAF

  4. Jerald says:

    While Malawi’s football is on decline, Junior Chipolopolo of Zambia has just won 2017 under 20 afcon hosted in Zambia. Go Zambia Go

  5. isaac kaudzu says:

    ( We should not just participate in competitions for the sake of participating) i like this words from buyelekhaya, team imene yakhala ikutikhumudwitsa kwa nthawi yayitali tisaionongerenso zina ndalama kuti itikhumudwitsenso

  6. Major pen says:

    8 million basi? even chaponda can pay for Fam. Please let’s be out of this competition and make soul searching. Start with under 15 this things should be done 1. Nutrition food Diet is very important 2. law should be passed to monitor behaviour of players No womanizing, drinking beer, and they should take oath if they breach achotsedwe. 3. Invest a lot of money 4. Attachment in foreign Academies. 5. five years developing my strategies

  7. Buyelekhaya says:

    Let the FA pay the financial penalties and be barred from competing in some future editions for these plausible reasons. One, a $10, 000 financial penalty is little money compared to what were to be sank in the qualifying campaigns. We should not just participate in competitions for the sake of participating. That could explain why we have called ‘also ran’ all along! We have nothing to show for participating in the competitions. Two, our absence from international competitive matches would afford us the opportunity to start building from foundation. In the same vein, it would be an opportune time to revamp and strengthen age bracket development sides like Under 15, 17, 20, and 23 that would graduate into the senior Flames as we go along. In the process of nurturing future sides, international friendlies here and there would also help!

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