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Malawi’sa flames’ E9M boost for AFCON campaign


MBABANE – Nearly three weeks before Malawi’s Flames take on Sihlangu, their government and sponsor, Carlsberg, will release close to E9 million to help the squad’s AFCON qualification campaign.

The Flames will meet Sihlangu in the second match of the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 qualifiers on September 6 at Somhlolo National Stadium. It has been reported in their local newspaper Nyasa Times and other media that the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) expects to get its allocation of MK70 million (E1 690 461.70) ahead of the Sihlangu match.

Furthermore, FAM is adamant that the squad’s sponsor Carlsberg will soon be pumping over E7 million (MK250 million), funds the association aims to utilise in supporting their new coach, Ernest Mtawali, fight for a successful qualification campaign to the 2017 African football showpiece.
“Time is not on our side and we need to start our preparations as soon as possible because our away game in Swaziland is very important as it will determine our future in the qualification campaign,” said FAM CEO Suzgo Nyirenda.

He said they were in talks with neighbouring countries over a possible friendly match before travelling to Swaziland. Such countries are Zambia and Mozambique while he also says they did approach Zimbabwe but chances were slim as they were in the same group.
Some of the funding will also be generated into the Flames’ FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers. The Flames are already in camp while Sihlangu will only start training on Monday and Tuesday before full time camp on the weekend.

-Times of Swaziland



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