Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has disclosed that it needs K100 million to enable the Malawi National Football Team, the Flames’ participation in this year’s African Nations Championship (Chan).
Fam has reconsidered rejoining the continental championship, which is restricted to home-based players, following the Flames’ misfiring in Group L of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and at the Cosafa Cup.
Malawi last participated in Chan five years ago.
Fam General Secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, said the K100 million will be enough to help Malawi take part in both competitions.
“The Technical and Youth sub-committee made recommendations that Malawi should participate in the championship following our exit from the Nations Cup. Approximately, we need about K100 million to undertake the assignments,” he said.
Nyirenda was hopeful that other stakeholders would join Carlsberg Malawi, FDH Bank and government in supporting the Flames.
“We need the support of the corporate world so that we should take part in the championship as recommended by the Technical and Youth sub-committee. This championship is important as we need to keep the team together,” he said.
“We saw when playing against Swaziland that we still have potential. We only need good organisation to rediscover our form.”
Flames threw Swaziland’s Afcon hopes into thin air following an eighth minute goal from Gerald Phiri jnr.
Malawi finished the campaign with five points from six games whereas Zimbabwe qualified with 11 points. Swaziland and Guinea tied at eight points each.