As the Flames face uncertainty on their trip to Zimbabwe for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier, their counterparts, the Warriors, host Uganda in an international friendly in Harare on May 31.
Warriors head coach Callisto Pasuwa told Cafonline.com that he is hoping the match will help him assess his players ahead of the assignment against Malawi on June 5.
“We will use the friendly match against Uganda to prepare for our remaining games, especially the match against Malawi,” said Pasuwa.
“It will also assist us to assess ourselves in terms of combinations to make sure we qualify for Afcon 2017.”
Malawi, on the other hand, failed to regroup on Sunday due to lack of funds.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) already exhausted its K100 million funding for the 2015/16 financial year and government has put its foot down on extra funding.
Walter Nyamilandu, president of FAM, said on Monday he had sought intervention from Minister of Sports and Culture Grace Chiumia on the situation.
He also said the Flames will not play a strength testing match ahead of the Afcon qualifier due to the same.
But yesterday, FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said there is no need to panic.
“We are working behind the scenes to make sure the team goes into camp this weekend. We are also trying our best to organise a strength testing match for the team. The team will travel by road to Zimbabwe and they may play a friendly on the way to Zimbabwe,” said Nyirenda.
If the plans materialise, the Flames are likely to play Mozambique.
The Warriors are leading Group L with eight points, three ahead of second-placed Swaziland.
Guinea are third while Malawi’s Flames are at the bottom with two points from two draws. n