- Flames date Togo in friendly on Monday
Contrary to communication about a six-nation mini-tournament, it has emerged that Malawi national football team will play an international friendly against Togo on Monday at Salle Al Inbiaat Omnsport in Agadir, Morocco, according to Fifa records.
The Nation also understands that this is the only Fifa sanctioned international friendly involving the Flames on the international calendar.
Fifa has no records of the much-talked about mini-tournament involving six-nations—hosts Morocco, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Togo and Mauritania.
Instead, hosts Morocco have back-to-back 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers against Mali on Friday in Rabat and Bamako on September 5.
Kenya, who were purportedly taking part in the mini-tournament, are heading to Mozambique to play the Mambas in an international friendly on Saturday at National Stadium in Zimpeto, Mozambique.
However, there are two other international friendly matches involving Togo and Niger on Thursday at Grande Stade d’Agadir and Niger vs Mauritania on September 5 at the same venue in Agadir.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) competitions and media manager Gomezgani Zakazaka confirmed that there will be no mini-tournament, but rather Morocco FA is hosting the friendly matches.
He, however, maintained that the Flames will play Mauritania despite the world football governing body only recognising the match against Togo.
Meanwhile, South African clubs have released Flames players Limbikani Mzava, Robert Ng’ambi, Gerald Phiri Jr, and Gabadinho Mhango for the friendly.
But Bidvest Wits has asked that Gaba should be back in South Africa by September 5.
FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda said they were still negotiating with the club.
“They want Gaba back by September 5 because they have a fixture around that time and that is just a day after the match against Togo. Anyway, we will see how we can handle the situation,” he said.