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K12m for women’s national football team

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National Women’s Football Committee (NWFC) has said it needs about K12 million for the establishment of a new national team that is set to end the country’s dormancy on the international scene.

The committee’s chairperson, Severia Chalira, said they were geared to end the three-year international exile by arranging a friendly match in August.

The Malawi national women’s football team last tasted action during the disastrous 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign.

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“The committee is proposing a friendly match against either Tanzania or Zambia. We would like to have this friendly match in order to revive the team and prepare for future international competitions,” Chalira said.

NWFC has since sent a proposal to Football Association of Malawi (Fam) for funding amounting to K12 million in order to establish the new national team.

Chalira said they were planning to camp from July 27 to August 14 before playing the friendly match on the weekend of August 15-16.

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“The venue of the friendly match would be determined based on the availability of funds. We will also liaise with Fam’s technical subcommittee for the provision of a coach,” she said.

Fam’s general secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, last month said the association would soon appoint a highly qualified coach for the women’s national football team and provide funds to end the team’s dormancy.

“Now that we have coaches that have undergone the Caf A Licence Coaching Course, women’s football and grassroots football will benefit from this. We are in the process of mobilising resources so that the national women’s football team is active again,” he said.

Women’s football development in the country has stalled after the committee failed to source sponsorship for all the regional leagues.

The leagues were abandoned last year after President Peter Mutharika did not renew sponsorship.

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