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FAM CLAIMS BUDGET APPROVAL AFTER FLAMES PROGRESS

FAM CLAIMS BUDGET APPROVAL AFTER FLAMES PROGRESS
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Following Malawi’s qualification to the 2022 World Cup second-round group stage, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) wants Parliament, which reconvenes on September 24 to scrutinize the 2019 National Budget, to approve its K1.4 billion budget in full.

Flames qualified group stage after a 1-0 aggregate win over Botswana on Tuesday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

In the second round, Flames will play six games—three home and three others away—in this group stage.

The World Cup qualifiers will also be played concurrently with 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers, in which the Flames are in Group B, making it 12 games in total set to kick off in November.

Walter Nyamilandu, FAM’s president said the Flames qualification justifies the association’s budget presented to Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture through Malawi National Council of Sports.

“The players have spoken loud and clear that they are ready for the bigger stage. We have to reciprocate accordingly to match our aspirations as a country,” he said.

FAM’s budget usually hovers around K1.4 billion but it is often cut to K500 million.

Nyamilandu said government should invest in the Flames if the team is to do well in the two competitions.

“Success comes at a price. This kind of a budget is the benchmark for the Flames. It’s for basic necessities and there are no frills,” he said.

“We have to cope with such kind to investment as a country, otherwise, we will continue to lag behind and not be achievers in this highly competitive industry.”

Head coach of Flames, Meke Mwase also echoed Nyamilandu’s sentiments, saying the team needs full support from government as he aims for Afcon qualification and World Cup third round.

 “To succeed in football, you need money. Without money we cannot do well. We have all seen that we have a good team. All that is remaining is for government and FAM to give us the support we need.

“Qualifying for the group stage [second round] is just the first step as we aim for the third round. But we will need maximum support to achieve this. We need to prepare well for the games to come as we will also be aiming at qualifying for the Afcon final,” he said.

Henry Mereka acting executive secretary of Sports Council said government will ensure that the Flames get full support.

 “Government has always supported the Flames through and through. We do not support the team to lose. We support them to win and we are happy that they have qualified for the World Cup group stages.”

“We are aware of government’s responsibility. We know that now that they have qualified for the group stages, they will be playing in both Afcon and World Cup, both home and away which requires more finances and we will ensure that the funding is available,” He said.

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