While Malawi National Team (Flames) is departing today to Zimbabwe in ahead of Sunday’s match in Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Warriors, the Flames’ supporters have to finance their trip to watch and cheer the match.
In an interview yesterday, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Sports and Culture, Christopher Mbukwa, said travelling by road to Zimbabwe was risky for the supporters. Therefore, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) must tread carefully when facilitating Flames supporters’ trip to Zimbabwe.
“We still stand by our recommendations that travelling by road is risky and FAM should consider all the necessary arrangements when travelling by road. We are of the view that there is potential security risk travelling by road to Zimbabwe,” he said.
However, on Wednesday, FAM considered the fans by providing them a bus to Zimbabwe.
FAM Finance and Administration Manager, Christopher Mdolo, confirmed that the association was ready to provide the bus to supporters who will contribute K30, 000 each for fuel.
“The travelling supporters will also have a privilege of watching the game for free. We are hoping that Zimbabwe FA will provide us with 50 tickets that cater for limited number of the supporters,” Mdolo said.
Regardless that the supporters will be responsible for their accommodation and meals, Self-styled Malawi national team Supporters’ Committee chairperson, Yona Malunga, welcomed the bus trip.
“We are ready to cheer the team. We are not worried about accommodation and food,” Malunga said.
Government through the Sports Council ordered FAM to fly the players to Zimbabwe due to the security concerns in Mozambique after the association had planned that the team should travel by road. This put supporters on unsafe side as government cannot pay for their air ticket, so they must go against odds.
The Flames will meet the Warriors at Rufaro Stadium in Harare.