March 12, 2014

Malawi To Quit 2015 Nations Cup

As Uganda Cranes waits to know their opponents and financial backing for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers, one of their most likely challengers Malawi have been forced to withdraw from qualifiers.

MalawiUganda will start their campaign for the Afcon tournament to be hosted in Morocco at the preliminary stage with the draws expected to take place on April 27.

Malawi instead to go for the 2015 Africa Youth Championship after their government   said there was enough money for the team to play in both.

It is a big blow to the Flames, who returned to action for the first time in six months on Wednesday 5 March with a home friendly against Zimbabwe, which they lost 4-1.

Last September, the Malawi government advised FAM to forgo their last Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria in Calabar since it had exhausted its funding.

But the association went ahead, forcing the government to draw US$5,200 from the Presidential Initiative on Sports to supplement their $143,000 budget for the trip.

Sports minister Enock Chihana advised FAM following their failure to qualify for the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa to focus on grassroots football.

The games, meanwhile, are expected to be played starting on the weekend of May 16.

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