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Under-20 camp clashes with examinations

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There are questions as to why Football Association of Malawi (Fam) went ahead with residential camp training for Malawi under-20 national football team when moc examinations are in progress.

Most under-20 players have reportedly missed the examinations so as to honour Junior Flames’ call-up in preparations for the game against Swaziland at the end of this month.

Some under-20 players, including striker Peter Banda, are expected to sit for Malawi Schools Certificate of Examinations in June.

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Instead of prioritising the players’ education, Fam called up the junior Flames for the training.

Some local sports analysts, such as Kim Kamau, argued that Fam should have opted for non-residential camping so as to allow the players to sit for the examinations.

“We needed to give the players a chance to write examinations. Fam should have been preparing the players in their respective regions so that they should go for residential camping after examinations,” Kamau said.

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Malawi Schools Sports Association General Secretary, Blackson Malamula, said the association was not responsible for the release of the players.

“We did the age verification together with Fam and we are on the same page. But we do not know if Fam asked for permission from the Ministry of Education to release the players because that is the normal process. I hope they followed the procedure,” Malamula said.

The end of term examinations started on Monday and are expected to end on March 27.

Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, Tuesday said what he knew was that Banda was only taking part in the training sessions in the afternoon because of school.

However, Gunda could not give the exact answer on the arrangement of the players from outside Blantyre.

“For Peter, he is allowed to train with the rest of the team mates after school but for other details call me after 15-20 minutes,” Gunda said.

But when contacted again, Gunda could not be reached.

The Junior Flames will host Swaziland in the first-leg on the weekend of March 21 before travelling to Swaziland for the second-leg slated for March 31.

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