As Malawi is to host the Under-17 Championship, the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) has shifted the calendar for the Under-17 Championship.
Suzgo Nyirenda, Deputy General Secretary of COSAFA, said in a statement on Tuesday that the competition had been shifted from September 26 to October 4 to October 11 to 20 October 2019 in Blantyre.
“Malawi will be seeded and head group A as hosts while Angola will head Group B for being champions of the same competition last year. The other six teams will be in pot one. The boys’ tournament will start from 11th to 20th October in Blantyre. Dates have changed following changes of dates for the girls’ competition in Mauritius,” Nyirenda said.
This development has offer the government and Football Association of Malawi (FAM), an additional two weeks to prepare for the regional youth showpiece which as of yesterday was yet to offer a guarantee towards the organisation of tournament.
FAM was given Friday as the deadline by COSAFA on Monday, to provide the guarantee on hosting the competition.
Meanwhile, the draw for the Under-17 boys’ cup will take place today in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Malawi coach Derklerk Msakakuona is expected to witness the proceedings.
The under-17 championship would also attract the following countries South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Comoros Islands, Angola, Mauritius and Zambia.
The junior Flames, who have just returned from Tanzania where they took part in a schools competition, hope to better their performance of two previous editions.
In 2017, Malawi claimed bronze in Mauritius but failed to go past the group stages last year.
Malawi hosted and won gold for the 2001 edition of the championship after beating South Africa 4-1 in the final.