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Council for East and Central African Football Associations has contradicted Football Association of Malawi (Fam) over Malawi national football team’s proposed participation in next month’s Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Ethiopia.

Cecafa general secretary, Nicho l as Musonye, on Sunday insisted that Fam had not written to the regional football body over the Flames’ interest in the cup to run from November 22 to December 6,2015.

“If they do, yes, we can [consider them]. We want our friends in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia to play. I will talk to the secretary general [Suzgo Nyirenda] tomorrow. We only want one guest team, but none has so far showed interest,” Musonye said.

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Nyirenda, who told the press last week that they were waiting for Cecafa’s position on the Flames, yesterday insisted that the request was made. He is hopeful that the Flames will be accommodated.

“The request was made last week Thursday and on the same day, I talked to Mr. Nicholas Musonye on the matter. I will be following up on our request with Cecafa later this week as they are expected to meet as executive board and they will meet with the sponsors on our request,” he explained.

Kenya’s Harambee Stars are the defending champions of the 38th edition of the cup which remains the oldest in Africa.

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Flames coach Ernest Mtawali is keeping fingers crossed that his charges should be invited to Cecafa, which he believes will speed up his rebuilding exercise.

“We usually call a lot of players into camp and most of them do not get the opportunity to play. The Cecafa Cup will give us an opportunity to use the fringe players so that we should have a good picture of how they can contribute to the national team,” he told The Daily Times last week.

“We need to prepare different tactics for different matches. For instance, if we are playing away, the priority is to get at least a point. We need to learn how we can play away to get the point.”

Mtawali specifically mentioned Dalitso Sailesi, Brighton Munthali, Pilirani Zonda and Wonder Jeremani as players that need more game-time

Malawi, who are tuning up for next March’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, are three-time Cecafa Cup winners and last participated in the 2013 event held in Uganda.

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