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Flames can travel by road—Council

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Malawi National Council of Sports Executive Secretary, George Jana, has said they do not see any danger with the Flames travelling to Botswana through Mozambique by road.

Malawi will play a friendly match against Botswana on Saturday in Francistown ahead of the return leg of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zimbabwe on June 4.

Concerned with reports of conflicts in Mozambique between government and Renamo forces, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) wrote government through the council, seeking clearance.

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Jana said vehicles are using the road without any reported incidents.

“Of course, I forwarded Fam’s letter to the relevant authorities in government and they are yet to come back to us. But this is the road that vehicles continue to use and I do not see any danger with the Flames using the same road,” Jana said.

He explained that the reported skirmishes that have resulted into several deaths, including four Malawians travelling to South Africa through Maputo, are taking place far away from the road to be used.

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Fam General Secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, is reported to have said that flying to Zimbabwe was ideal to ensure safety of the team.

“But we are in a situation where we do not have funds for air tickets, hence the decision to travel by road,” Nyirenda was quoted as saying.

As of yesterday afternoon, Fam was still undecided on the Flames’ date of departure for the friendly encounter in Botswana.

Fam exhausted its K100 million allocation for the current financial year and has been negotiating with government to bail it out.

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