FAM to appeal against BNS ban

Football Association of Malawi (FAM), says it will appeal against Confederation of African Football Association (CAF) decision to ban Bingu National Stadium from hosting FIFA world cup Qatar 2022 African Qualifiers.

On August 2 CAF inspection team, led by Kabelo Bosilong, from South Africa inspected the stadium as part of the facility assessment ahead of the FIFA world cup Qatar 2022 African Qualifiers slated for next month.

After the inspection, the team informed FAM that the stadium has failed to meet requirements set by Africa’s soccer governing body and that it will not be allowed to host any of the qualification matches due to poor pitch.

However, in a statement issued by FAM on August 6, and signed by its general secretary Alfred Gunda, said the association has resolved to appeal against the CAF decision and will request for another assessment in the next 14 days.

Reads part of the statement: “FAM is very disappointed with the news as it had high hopes of the facility passing the test considering the significant effort and resources that the Malawi government and FAM have put in to ensure the facility is homologated.

“FAM will write CAF to arrange another inspection on 22nd August 2021.”

The statement further said the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as owners of the facility, has given assurance that it is committed to ensuring that necessary resources are made available to complete the outstanding works on the pitch.

Flames is in group D alongside Mozambique, Ivory Coast and Cameroon.
The team will begin its campaign away to Cameroon before hosting Mozambique at home.

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