The Malawi National Council of Sports and FAM are running against time to identify and formalise accreditation of an Under-17 national team for the Zone VI games in a monthâ€™s time in Zambia.
This follows news that this yearâ€™s competition for football will be participated by Under-17 teams and not Under-20 as has been the case in the past.
Malawi had already accredited an Under-20 team some months ago, but most of them are overage to play in the Under-17 squad.
The Supreme Council of Southern Africa (SCSA) agreed with Council for Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) last year,Â that the latter should take over the organisation of the football event at the Zone VI.
Cosafa then decided to make the competition for the Under-17s as it clashes with the annual Cosafa Under-20 championship.
Sports Council development officer Ruth Mzengo said in an interview that they are working with FAM to come up with a new team to be accredited at a meeting this week.
FAM technical director Jack Chamangwana said they will use the Under-17 team that participated in the Africa Youth Championship qualifiers two months ago.
Football has been one of Malawiâ€™s best achievers at the Zone VI, having won gold in 2008
This year, Malawi plans to send 76 athletes to participate in football, netball, tennis, athletics, judo, boxing, basketball, swimming and visual impaired with the last five disciplines making their debut at the games.
According to Mzengo, the squad will go into residential camp on November 25 and will train for 12 days before leaving for the games.