Malawi to withdraw from 2015 Nations Cup due to lack of funds

Date:

Malawi have been forced to withdraw from qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco because of a lack of funds.

The decision was taken after the government said there was enough money for the team to play in either the Nations Cup or the 2015 Africa Youth Championship.

“We have no choice but to for the Nations Cup because government advised us to prioritise,” said Malawi Football Association (FAM) President Walter Nyamilandu.

“We have therefore prioritized the Under-20 Championship for the sake of development – and also the consequences of pulling out of that tournament would have been far-reaching since we have already confirmed our participation.”

It is a big blow to the Flames, who returned to action for the first time in six months on Wednesday 5 March with a home friendly against Zimbabwe, which they lost 4-1.

The match was meant to kick-start Malawi’s preparations for the Nations Cup qualifiers and FAM had funded the match.

Last September, the Malawi government advised FAM to forgo their last Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria in Calabar since it had exhausted its funding.

But the association went ahead, forcing the government to draw US$5,200 from the Presidential Initiative on Sports to supplement their $143,000 budget for the trip.

Sports minister Enock Chihana advised FAM following their failure to qualify for the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa to focus on grassroots football.

(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:

Featured Video

click to play

Popular

More like this
Related

Man Jailed 1 Year For Refusing To Stop Stalking His Crush

A 26-year-old Nigerian man, Oluwaseyi Elemide, has bagged one...

Human Behaviours Dogs Hate the Most

A dog is more than just a pet, they're...

Why Dogs Bark at Some Strangers, but Not Others

If you live with a dog you, probably have...

MOSLEMS SAY NO TO DEATH PENALTY ABOLITION

By Steven Godfrey Mkweteza Muslims Association of Malawi(MAM), says it...