Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says it was compelled to make a late decision on Under-17 Cosafa Cup participation because the organisers of the competition were not sure whether it would take place this year.
FAM on Friday announced that Malawi would send a team to the youth championship scheduled for Mauritius from July 22-31, but there is no team let alone a coach.
FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said the association was not sure whether the competition would take place hence the delay in preparations.
“Confirmation about the competition came late from Cosafa. It was not even clear whether the competition will take place at all,” said Nyirenda.
The team is expected to go into camp next week.
“We are now working on the budget while the technical director John Kaputa is finalising on the technical panel,” he said .
The junior Flames have been drawn against Zambia, Madagascar and Mozambique in Group B.
Hosts Mauritius are in Group A and will have to contest with former winners South Africa as well as Namibia and the Seychelles.
The group winners and runners-up will advance to the semifinals, where the top team in the group play group runners-up. n