Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has resolved to withdraw the senior team from CHAN and African Cup of Nations competitions due to insufficient resources.
The FA executive committee had a meeting on Saturday in Lilongwe and decided to recruit of an experienced and well qualified expatriate coach also lobbying for funding for the senior team.
However, all the efforts were turned by the government.
The FA released a statement which read;
“During several rounds of consultations and discussions it was very clear that due to the current economic problems, the Government will not be able to provide funding for the team for it’s participation in the above two tournaments.
“Having considered all the available options, an in accordance with required notices for withdrawal, it was further resolved that the Malawi National Senior Football team be withdrawn from CHAN Competition by 31st March, and from AFCON by 30th April 2017 due to lack of funding.
“FAM would like to inform the general public and all its stakeholders that it is fully aware of the negative implications including fines and suspension such withdrawal may attract.
“However, in its consideration, such withdrawal and its negative implications cannot be avoided looking at the current level of desperation that the Senior National Football team is in terms of funding and overall support.”
The national team, Flames were supposed to face Madagascar in the first leg of CHAN qualifiers.