Football Association of Malawi (FAM) President Walter Nyamilandu has insisted that the embarrassing Flames team have not pulled out of qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.
Nyamilandu was quoted in the The Nation Newspaper, saying “we have no choice but to forgo the Nations Cup because government advised us to prioritise”, adding that a lack of funds had forced the decision.
And it was understood that the Malawi government had told FAM there was only enough money for the team to participate in either qualification for the 2015 Nations Cup or the 2015 Africa Youth Championship in Senegal.
But on Wednesday Nyamilandu told BBC Sport: “We haven’t pulled out and we don’t intend to pull out.
“We are facing a serious problem with funding, but we are still in discussions with the Malawi government over our participation in both competitions.”
As a joke, Nyamilandu added that Malawi now has a good team standing.
Just last week, the ‘good Flames team’ was clobbered at home by Zimbabwe’s warriors by an embarrassing margin of 4 goals to 1.