Malawi national women football team will not play Zimbabwe in strength testing match which had been set for Blantyre on Saturday, because Football Association of Malawi (FAM) they have no finances to host the visitors.
FAM chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda wrote to Zimbabwe women football boss Mavis Gumbo advising her of the development.
“We had sent a budget to the government regarding the friendly match, but honestly speaking it will be impossible to have this friendly match played here as we have not got feedback on the budget since all civil servants are on holiday up to the 9th of January,” reads the correspondence from Nyirenda.
“However, we will communicate to you in due course once we have received the funding so that this friendly match can take place.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause, but be assured that we will invite your team in due course.”
Malawi are set to play Zambia’s ‘she-polopolo’ for the Africa Cup qualifier on January 15.
The female Flames side started camp on Christmas Day with new coach Temwa Msuku.
Msuku said he would have preferred a strength testing match before meeting Zambia, saying the cancellation of the Zimbabwe friendly is a setback.
He however expressed confidence that his charges will “beat Zambia”.
“We have no fear at all,” Msuku told Nyasa Times.
Besa Chibwe, Zambia women soccer team manager told Times of Zambia that the team wants to start the year on a winning note against Malawi.
“We are taking this game seriously and we are doing everything possible, we are not leaving any stone unturned; since the first game will be played here, were are taking an advantage of this game to give the Zambian people a good result,” she said.
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