Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu has justified FAM’s proposed budget of K1 billion presented to government, saying it covers for Malawi national football team, the Flames, preparations for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals, its participation as well as towards World Cup qualifiers.
FAM is planning to hold at least four international strength-testing matches ahead of and during the six FIFA World Group D qualifiers in which they are paired with Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire and neighbouring Mozambique.
Nyamilandu said the K1 billion budget covers a lot of logistics such as technical preparations — in which the Flames shall need to be accommodated; player training and game bonuses; air tickets for both tournaments; air tickets to fly in foreign-based players to join the team camp at home and several other needs.
The Flames shall also need to get into camp some four weeks before the AFCON in Cameroon and the plan to have at least four international friendlies for the FIFA World Cup makes it 10 games in total.
Nyamilandu also said the association is planning for the Flames to camp overseas in preparation for the continental showpiece.
“We need to camp overseas or West Africa before we go to Cameroon. So, there is a lot at stake.
“Most of the money is going towards air tickets, accomodation, local camping and allowances for the players,” he said.
The Flames start the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers away to Cameroun between June 5-8, 2021 before hosting Mozambique on match day 2 between June 11-14.
Then they will be up against Côte d’Ivoire in back-to-back fixtures — starting at home between September 1-4 and away between September 5-8.
Their last home match will be against Cameroun between October 6-9 and wind up the campaign away in Mozambique between October 10-12.
The winners of the 10 groups will qualify for the next round where they will face off to identify the five teams that will qualify for the Qatar finals.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :