The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has cancelled the anticipated Flames’ international friendly game against Botswana’ Zebras due to financial constraints.
Flames were expected to play Botswana before facing Zimbabwe’s warriors in the on-going Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
However, the cash-strapped FAM has been forced to call off the friendly game while it is in search for K80 million to carter for the AFCON game.
Flames, following the cancellation of the friendly game, are therefore expected to fly direct to Harare, Zimbabwe on Friday 3rd June after government had earlier called off plans to let the team travel by road to Botswana before connecting to Zimbabwe.
The national team is also expected to participate in COSAFA tournament later next month.
Government is reported to have turned down the proposal of letting the team travel by road to Botswana before connecting to Zimbabwe because of civil war between Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) and Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) rebels who recently killed four Malawians who were attacked while in transit from South Africa.
Meanwhile, Sports Council Executive Secretary George Jana confirmed to the development that government has authorized the Flames to fly and have provided about K17 million kwacha.