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Beach Soccer unsure of Cosafa tourney

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is yet to confirm Malawi Beach Soccer National Team’s participation at this year’s Cosafa Beach Championship in South Africa.

The tournament is expected to take place from September 17 to 25 in Durban, South Africa, just three weeks before the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Maputo, Mozambique.

However, Fam president Walter Nyamilandu said the association’s coffers were dry.

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“Not sure yet. We do not have funds to go to Cosafa Beach Soccer. Our priority is to ensure we participate in Afcon Beach Soccer,” Nyamilandu said.

This could be bad news for the Willy Kumilambe charges, who wanted to use the Cosafa Cup as part of preparations for the Beach Soccer Afcon finals.

Beach Soccer Association (BSA) chairperson Gift Chimbalanga said they were keeping their fingers crossed.

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“We made a proposal to Fam and we are still waiting for the response. We need to keep the players active so that they are in shape ahead of the Afcon finals,” Chimbalanga said.

Last year, Malawi also did not take part in Cosafa Beach Soccer Championship due to lack of funds.

In an interview Friday, Malawi Beach Soccer team manager, Panganeni Ndovi said participating at the Cosafa Cup will help the team.

“We would want to use the Cosafa Cup as preparatory tournament for Afcon finals,’’ Ndovi said.

The last time Malawi participated at the Cosafa Beach Soccer was in 2016 in Seychelles but the team finished as runners-up to Madagascar after 9-4 loss.

Malawi qualified for their first ever Beach Soccer Afcon finals after beating Tanzania on away goal rule after 8-8 draw on aggregate.

They beat Tanzania 3-2 in the first leg at Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima District but lost 6-5 in the second leg in Dar es Salaam last week.

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