Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has prioritised Malawi national football team camping over the women’s national team.
The Flames started training on Monday in preparation for 2022 World Cup preliminary round qualifier against Botswana set for September 2 whereas the She- Flames play earlier when they host Kenya on August 28 in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifier.
Additionally, under-17 squad has also been released after a five-day weeding exercise ahead of the Cosafa Championship which Malawi hosts next month.
Malawi women’s Coach, Abel Mkandawire, said he would have loved if the team were in camp but was quick to point out that Fam had assured them that the association was finalising logistics to enable the side go in camp.
“It is the office that controls everything; so, it depends on how things are. We are hopeful that we will go into camp soon,” he said.
Soccer analyst Higger Mkandawire said it was unfortunate that the She-Flames had been overlooked.
“It’s unfortunate that things are happening this way. Some of these teams go into camp in good time but they don’t get good results. It is time we prioritised teams that can get us good results,” he said.
However, Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, backed the association’s stand, saying the She-Flames would still go into camp as they needed a breather after competing in the Cosafa Cup last week.
“The team [She-Flames] is under a programme. They have just returned from Cosafa tournament in South Africa where they took part in a rigorous exercise. So they needed a break to relax and loosen up. They will go into camp before this week ends,” he said.
At the Cosafa Women’s Championship, Malawi were eliminated from the group stages after defeating Madagascar 2-0 in their opener, losing to South Africa 3-1 and thrashing Comoros Islands 13-0.
In the Olympic qualifier, the She-Flames eliminated Mozambique 14-1 on aggregate, having won the first leg 11-1 at home and 3-0 away.