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Flames need K1 billion for Afcon, World Cup

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The Malawi National Football Team requires at least K1.1 billion for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals and World Cup qualifiers.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu made the disclosure during a meeting with President Lazarus Chakwera at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe Thursday.

Nyamilandu said, for the team to prepare well for the continental finals, it will need about K575 million whereas over K600 million will be required for World Cup qualifiers.

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“The team is supposed to go into camp for whole month of May before going for the World Cup qualifiers. We are also planning to play friendlies against top teams especially from West Africa,” Nyamilandu said.

He said the association invested a lot to ensure that the team qualifies for the Afcon finals.

Youth and Sports Minister Ulemu Msungama said the government was committed to supporting the team.

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“We will make sure that we provide enough support so that the Flames continue to make us proud,” Msungama said.

In a bid to motivate players to win more matches, Fam increased game bonuses to K500,000 each from K100,000 for a win in Afcon and World Cup qualifiers.

The country’s football governing body also introduced a K150,000 appearance fee for the each player in camp.

This applies to all Malawi national football teams including the women’s football team and the junior sides.

For winning any match in the Cosafa Cup, Flames players would receive K300, 000 each for a win.

The Afcon finals are scheduled for Cameroon in January next year.

Malawi booked a place in the continental showpiece after beating Uganda 1-0 courtesy of Richard Mbulu’s first half goal at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Monday.

In the World Cup qualifiers, the Flames were drawn in Group D alongside Cameroon and Ivory Coast, and neighbours Mozambique.

The qualifiers are expected to start in June this year.

The Flames have never qualified for World Cup finals but will make a third appearance at the Afcon finals.

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