The Malawi national women football team friendly match against Tanzania has been cancelled Malawi24 has established.
According to the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) official Facebook page, the match has been cancelled because of the general elections that the Tanzanians will have on Sunday, 25 October 2015.
“The friendly match between the Malawi Women Football Team and their Tanzania counterparts which was set for Saturday 24th October at the Civo Stadium has been postponed. This is due to Tanzania being denied permission to travel outside the country ahead of the General Elections set for 25th October,” said the Fa on their official Facebook page through general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda.
According to the country’s soccer governing body, the match will be re-arranged and will probably be played in the second week of next month.
Commenting on the development, Tiya Somba Banda, who is vying for the first vice president seat during FAM’s December polls in Salima said he is not surprised with what has happened because the friendly match was just a campaign tool for the current regime for the FAM polls.
“In December 2011, a new executive of FAM was ushered into office in Salima and soon after that on 24 January 2012 the women flames played Zambia. Since then the women flames have never assembled to play a single national team game. 3 years down the line, another FAM election is sniffing around the corner and the same executive that had nothing to do with the women flames decided to assemble a friendly game for the ladies against Taifa ladies. This international friendly is not even on the 2015 football calendar. Is it surprising that the Elections are the common denominator to the women flames national team games? He wondered.
Meanwhile, the team has since been released from camp and reports say the preparations costed the football association 18 Million Kwacha.