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Malawi FA makes U-turn, says Calabar is comfortable

Football Association of Malawi is comfortable with Calabar to host the crucial World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles.

This is in contrast to the association’s fears over the choice of Calabar which prompted Fam to lodge a complaint to Fifa to consider it changing the venue because of security concerns.

Fam General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda, who came as an advance party with the association’s accountant Christopher Mdoloto to check on the condition of the state, said their counterparts have given them a warm reception.

 Suzgo Nyirenda
Suzgo Nyirenda

Nyirenda stated in a media   statement  on Tuesday  that they were given a chance to inspect some hotels and settled for Dannic Hotel.

“NFF (Nigeria FootbalFederation)   welcomed the two in Abuja as well as in Calabar. They inspected some of the hotels in Calabar and they have settled for the Dannic Hotel (10 minutes to the stadium). The hotel is new and resembles the Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe and it is generally a good hotel,” Nyirenda said.

Contrary to their expectations Nyirenda confessed that Nigeria Football Federation has been supportive.

“NFF has provided every support required and they are no stone unturned in making sure that all is set for the game. Everyone in Calabar is talking about the game and the game fever is so high here,” reads the statement.

The Flames advance party would inspect the training venue today and then   attend a preparatory meeting to be conducted by the NFF.

Nyirenda    is optimistic that the Flames would find the weather favourable since its rainy season in Nigeria.

“In terms of weather, it has been showering this afternoon as we are still in the rainy season in Nigeria. It is generally cool and I think our players will like the weather,” he said.

Flames, who are in Botswana for a friendly game   are expected to leave  on Wednesday  for Accra Ghana.

They will connect to Calabar  on Thursday.


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