Malawi withdraws from CHAN and AFCON competitions

By: Mclloyd Blessings Kudzingo

Just a day after mobile service provider TNM suspended super league
sponsorship,Malawi football has been dealt with yet another heavy blow
as The Football Association of Malawi(FAM) withdraws its senior team
(The Flames) from the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) and
2019 African Cup of Nations.

According to a statement released by FAM made avilable to 247 Malawi,
the Association has withdrawn from the two competitions due to
financial constraints and that government has turned down a proposal
to hire a foreign coach.

No Afcon? Flames

The decision to withdraw from the two continental competitions was made at
a meeting of the FAM executive committee on Saturday.
“Having considered all the available options, and in accordance with required notices for withdrawal, it was further resolved that the MalawiNational Senior Football team be
withdrawn from CHAN Competition by 31st March, and from AFCON by 30th
April 2017, due to lack of funding,” reads part of the statement signed by
FAM Chief Executive Officer Alfred Gift Gunda.

The Association further said that it is fully aware of the negative
implications including fines and suspension the withdrawal may attract
but said such implications cannot be avoided looking at the current
level of desperation that the Senior National Football team is in in
terms of funding and overall support.

The FA had proposed the hiring of a foreign coach on a 50-50 cost sharing
agreement with government but government through the Ministry of
Sport, rejected FAM’s proposal on financial grounds.
Malawi national football team was supposed to start their CHAN
campaign against Madagascar next month.