Football Association of Malawi-FAM President Walter Nyamilandu has revealed that Malawi will require over a billion Kwacha to participate in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations-AFCON and the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers.
Nyamilandu made the revelation at the Mtunthama palace in Lilongwe today during an interface which President Lazarus Chakwera had with the country’s national football team, which has recently qualified for the biggest continental tournament.
“For the AFCON, FAM will need five hundred and seventy five million Kwacha (K575 000 000) for us to go and participate in the tournament and have adequate preparations and stay there for close to a month,” Emphasized the FA leader.
For the World Cup qualifiers due to begin mid this year, the former FIFA Council Member said they will need six hundred and twenty one million Kwacha (K621 000 000) making a total of one billion and one hundred ninety six million Kwacha (K1 196 000 000).
Nyamilandu has since asked the Chakwera led administration to give full support to football, if the game is to develop in the country.
“Your Excellence, we believe that you will support us to transform football in Malawi. One of the interventions we propose is the direct funding from parliament vote allocation. This will ensure that activities and programs of the national team are undertaken without any interruption,” hinted Nyamilandu.
On his part, board Chairperson for the Malawi National Council of Sports, Sunduzwayo Madise pledged to lobby for government’s supports to the national team.
“We shall liaise with FAM as well as the Ministry of Sports to ensure that we prepare the Flames.” He committed.
“I am sure these players want to come back and show the trophy to the nation, and I think with that inspiration, they will fight and it is possible that with right resources they can do much more.” Added Madise.
Meanwhile, President Chakwera has challenged football administrators to cast their net wide in convincing potential sponsors for the game.
The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18 next year.
In the qualifiers, Malawi is in group D along with Mozambique, Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire.