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Casper Jangale

Confederation of African Football (Caf) stadia experts are expected to jet in the country next week to inspect three stadiums namely Kamuzu, Mpira in Blantyre and Bingu National in Lilongwe.

The inspection is meant to identify possible venues which can host 2022 Africa Cup of Nations and Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Club Licencing and Compliance Manager Casper Jangale confirmed the development saying Civo Stadium has been replaced with Mpira Stadium on the list stadiums to be inspected.

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Jangale said they had removed Civo from the list following new guidelines which Caf set for stadiums to qualify to host World Cup and Afcon qualifiers.

“Indeed Caf officials will come to assess whether these facilities are fit to host international matches. Initially we had Civo, Bingu and Kamuzu on Caf list but this time we have removed Civo and replaced it with Mpira Stadium on grounds that Caf is now looking for stadiums that have space for chairs in the terraces,” he said.

Jangale said they were also keeping fingers crossed if Kamuzu Stadium would pass the test. Kamuzu Stadium has been hosting most of the Flames matches despite the country having the multi-billion Bingu National in Lilongwe.

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Currently Fam is inspecting stadiums ahead of the 2020/2021 season.

“As we are talking we have just finalised inspecting the Central Region stadiums and on Thursday (yesterday) we will be up in the North hoping that by Friday we will be done. We will then give a report to relevant officials for their action,” he said.

The 2020/21 football season is set to kick off on November 21.

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