Malawi Govt. has no money for Flames – Ivory Coast World Cup qualifiers encounters

The Government of Malawi says its coffers are dry to make available for the country’s national football team, the Flames scheduled to battle it out against one of Africa’s footballing powerhouse, the Elephants, Ivory Coast for next month’s back-to-back 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Line ministry responsible for football affairs, Ministry of Youth and Sports says at the moment it is difficult and almost impossible to negotiate for Flames’ extra funding for next month’s against Ivory Coast also known as Côte d’Ivoire.

Walter Nyamilandu

The Flames is expected to host the Elephants on October 8 at home in South Africa with the return leg slated for four days later in Abidjan and FAM say they require a whooping K200 million for the two fixtures.

Sports and Youth ministry director of sports Jameson Ndalama said this in response to a Football Association of Malawi (FAM) statement which outlined that the team’s continued participation in the qualifiers hinges on the availability of funds, having exhausted its K200 million for the current financial year.

Ndalama said: “The situation is critical and difficult as it stands as FAM has indicated that they require an extra funding in the range of K200 million, which is tough and very difficult to solicit because of the budget we are using now.

“So, now we are waiting to hear from the Ministry of Finance to advise us on the way forward. Until then, we have no money for the Ivory Coast fixture and that is the position.”

FAM president Walter Nyamilandu Wednesday in an interview said their hopes rest with government bailing out the Flames, failing which the Flames will have to withdraw from the tournament.

He said: “Such undesirable outcome will lead to CAF/Fifa imposing sanctions on Malawi which could affect our participation in the Africa Cup of Nations [Afcon] finals as per Article (5) of the regulations.

“We have no any other option apart from pursuing supplementary funding, having exhausted all sources of funding.”

However, the former Wanderers and Flames towering defender, Nyamilandu emphasized that the Flames deserve the support of the nation, having demonstrated lately excellent performance by qualifying for Afcon finals and pleaded with well-wishers and especially the corporate world to come to the rescue.

“It will be a missed opportunity if we are forced to withdraw from the World Cup because the consequences will be severe,” said Nyamilandu.

Part of Article 5 (2) of the regulations states: “Any association that withdraws after the start of the preliminary competition will be sanctioned with a fine of at least 40 000 Swiss francs [$43 402.92] which translates to K35.6 million.”

FAM suffered a K100 million cut in its annual government subvention for the 2021/22 financial year, having been allocated K200 million following the planned transition to a new financial year cycle starting April 1.

Following the reduction, FAM lodged a complaint with the Malawi National Council of Sports, arguing that the move came when they were facing high demand of national team activities.

Nyamilandu said Sports Council was yet to respond to the complaint and in an interview last week, the council’s spokesperson Faith Mtonyo-Mlauzi said they will not comment on the issue “for now”.

The Flames are third in their four-team Group D with three points from two matches, having lost their opening match 2-0 to Ivory Coast before edging Mozambique 1-0.Malawi are tied on three points with second-placed Cameroon while Ivory Coast top the group with four points.

Mozambique anchor the group with a point.

The African section of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification acts as qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Qatar, for national teams which are members of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

A total of five slots in the final tournament are available for CAF teams to cruise through to the Qatar final showdown next year.

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Blessings
1 month ago

Ndalama naizi zipezeka.

Gongoni Wakuda
Gongoni Wakuda
1 month ago

Its better to withdraw and pay MK36.5 Million than spending MK200 Million for the game.

Millan Matatula Gondwe
Millan Matatula Gondwe
1 month ago

Kkkkkkk this is funny indeed

Banda
Banda
1 month ago

Shame FAM could not have raised enough funds through gate fees or other means such as selling souvenirs now and past years. This year because of Covid. Many countries have suffered greatly including financially because of Covid
Flames should be proud of this year’s accomplishment. K35 million penalty regretfully is the best avenue compared to k200 million and more if Flames advance. Flames need to be building reserve funds through fans and sponsors yearly to assist in such costs not depending only on Government at the last minute. Host exhibition games against TMN league an others

Assedunavailability of crucial witnesses.
Assedunavailability of crucial witnesses.
1 month ago

If it were a trip for ministers then the funds could come out in no time.

Apostle
1 month ago

So sad

Tonse
Tonse
1 month ago

Please assist us

Ibrahim patel
Ibrahim patel
1 month ago

Just withdraw we know which team will qualify abd stop wasting tax payers money if you really want to be in use the funding which fifa provides Walter.

Ken
Ken
1 month ago
Reply to  Ibrahim patel

They should just withdraw… u dont have money leave now …

Ibrahim patel
Ibrahim patel
1 month ago

I thought fifa don’t want any government intervention why should the same government bail or pay for the national team.fifa do provide fam lot of money its time fam use those funds

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