Malawi pulls out of Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup

Malawi will not be sending a team to this year’s Council for East and Central Africa Football Association (Cecafa) Senior Challenge Cup scheduled for November 27 to December 12 in Kenya.

This is after the Football Association of Malawi (Fam) announced that it has suspended all activities for senior and junior national teams for the rest of the year due to lack of funds.

The move also means that U-20 team will skip Cosafa Youth championships to be held in Lesotho at the end of the year.

Football Association of Malawi  (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu, who was quoted by local media, said though they are yet to receive an invite to take part in Cecafa, they will not honor the same even if the invitation comes.

FAM President Walter Nyamilandu :Flames out
FAM President Walter Nyamilandu :Flames out

“As we speak the Flames cannot even participate in an international friendly on Fifa calendar date. We have been categorically told that there is no chance and there is no indication since we exhausted our annual funding with the World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.

“We are now planning to lodge a supplementary budget next year and those budgets are considered January, February or March before we play our first Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.”

Although Cecafa pays for other expenses like accommodation and local running, Fam has to source funds for local camping, internal and external allowances for players.

Malawi, Zambia and Ivory Coast were among the teams scheduled to take part in the tournament as guest teams.

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