Confederation of African Football (CAF) has banned the use of the Bingu International Stadium from hosting Malawi the flames world Cup qualifiers set to commerce next month.
The ban follows CAF’s envoy Kabelo Keorapetse Hubert Bosilong who was in the country to inspect the state of the stadium ahead of the kick-off of the FIFA world cup qualifiers.
CAF has therefore advised Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to look for an alternative venue in the neighboring countries.
This means the Flames will play home matches in the world cup qualifiers abroad.
In reaction, soccer pundit in the country, Draxon Maloya described the decision as unfortunate and a setback to Flames chances of qualifying for Qatar 2022.
“Malawians should feel an own what belongs to them but it seems the people that have been coming here and conducting inspections have their own feelings and perceptions of what Malawi is all about and that’s unfortunate to the development of football in the country.” He said
However Maloya also said the decision should be a wake-up call to the country as a result of the misuse of the stadium.
“There is nothing that can substitute the environment of playing at home and what CAF have decided to do will really disadvantage the flames players and technical panel.” He explained.
Malawi’s flames are in group D together with Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Mozambique and they will start their 2022 FIFA World Cup group stage qualifiers with an away fixture against Cameroon in September.