Inspections done, teams trickle in
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is confident that Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) will certify all facilities fit to host the under-17 youth championship set to kick-off on Friday.
Fam Competitions and Media Director, Gomezgani Zakazaka, made the remarks after Cosafa team of Hilario Madeira, deputy general secretary and competition manager Suzgo Nyirenda and Fam women’s desk officer Charity Mabvumbe started inspecting the facilities in Blantyre on Monday.
The officials inspected hotels, training venues [Chilomoni Stadium and St Andrews International High School] and match venues—Mpira and Kamuzu stadiums.
“They are going through the facilities and they have their checklist. We don’t have to despair because we believe that we have done enough to be certified fit,” he said.
Zakazaka said Cosafa envoy would issue a statement regarding Malawi’s state of preparedness this morning.
Meanwhile, Comoros, who are taking part in the tournament for the first time, arrived via Chileka International Airport Tuesday while Lesotho and Angola are expected jet in through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe today.
Mozambique will arrive by road today through Mwanza Border. Zambia are also expected to jet in today.
South Africa will come in two groups through Chileka today and Thursday, the same day that eSwatini are expected to arrive.
The referees for the tournament arrived on Saturday and have, since Sunday, been attending pre-tournament referees’ course which ends Thursday.