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Fam gets government nod on U-17 Cosafa tournament

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

The government has given Football Association of Malawi (Fam) the go-ahead to host this year’s Under-17 Cosafa Youth Championship slated for September.

Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) granted Fam hosting rights for the competition during its annual general meeting which took place in South Africa in January this year.

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But the country’s football governing body was still waiting for approval from the government to host the event.

Malawi National Council of Sports Executive Secretary, George Jana, said the government had assured Fam of support in hosting the regional event.

“We have given Fam the go-ahead. We also gave them the assurance that we will support them to host this big tournament in the country,” Jana said.

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Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said, during its recent meeting, the association’s executive committee also approved hosting of the showpiece.

“We are making progress after our Executive Committee approved the decision to host the event. We are pleased that Sports Council has also given us the go ahead,” Gunda said.

The government approval is crucial for associations to host any tournament in their respective countries. Zimbabwe Football Association pulled out of hosting this year’s Cosafa senior tournament after failing to get their government’s guarantee.

This threw the 2019 competition into doubt until the South African city of Durban stepped in to save the situation.

The tournament kicks off on May 25 and ends on June 8.

Some of the requirements for hosting the competition are availability of at least two stadia, training facilities, provision of security at all matches and at hotels where teams will be lodging as well provision of medical facilities such as fully fledged ambulances.

Organisers also require the presence of a big hospital within the radius of 20 kilometers from venues of games.

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