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Sports perspective: Enough of these injustices

Sometimes it is annoying that newspapers and electronic media keep wasting ink and time writing the same stories every year.

It was the same issue last year, the year before and for the past decade; Fam has exhausted its funding and government has no money to fund the national soccer team, the Flames.

One week before the fixture, money will be released and the Flames go into the battle without any preparation. This is the mediocrity that is synonymous with Malawi football.

I got so angry and felt ashamed when I read in our sister paper The Daily Times that the Flames might play an Africa Nations Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe on June 5 and also the Cosafa Cup, which kicks off on June 11, without playing any other strength-testing match.

Fam President, Walter Nyamilandu, said initially they had budgeted K108 million for the camping of the Flames and their trip to Zimbabwe and also the participation in Cosafa Cup in Namibia, but government said it has no money to fund Flames’ extra-budget.

I have come to conclude that there is no need to have a national soccer team because it is a waste of time. Until our government will have people that listen when we speak to them about football, it is when we should consider having national soccer teams.

This is the mediocrity that has contributed to the downfall of our football standards. It is sad that this is happening at a time when we all crave for the game that is very beautiful, as Brazilian football legend Pele called it.

We cannot be blinded that our government is geared at promoting soccer when we all get are lies. These are the people the soccer fraternity rolls out red carpet for when they visit stadia to watch the beautiful game.

I fail to understand why sometimes we really hate ourselves so much to the extent that we can frustrate the effort that are put forward by others in trying to develop the game.

I have been a witness for close to three decades to the injustices that have been inflicted on Malawi soccer by the powers that-be.

Government must realise that it is duty-bound to finance Malawi national soccer team. That is not Fam’s responsibility. It is sad that Malawi football is being neglected by its own authorities when our neighbouring countries are pumping huge sums of money to develop the game.

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