The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has announced that the Malawi National Football team, also known as the Flames, will not be able to engage in any international friendly matches during the upcoming October FIFA International break. This decision stems from the challenging combination of financial constraints and a tightly packed local football calendar.
The primary focus for the Flames during this period will be on the important Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Guinea, which is scheduled to take place in the following month.
The announcement was made following discussions during FAM’s 2nd Executive Committee meeting, which was held at the Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi. The committee members deliberated on various matters concerning the national football team and the local football scene.
During the meeting, the committee members also reached a resolution to extend the local football calendar. This extension was deemed necessary due to several factors, including the impending semi-final fixtures in the FDH Bank Cup. These fixtures were at risk of being affected and potentially had to be rescheduled due to a two-week training camp for the Flames in Lilongwe, among other reasons.