The world soccer governing body Fifa has announced that it will reschedule the Flames’ 2014 World Cup home matches.
According to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda, the development follows Nigeria’s qualification to the Fifa Confederations Cup having emerged continental champions recently.
“FAM has received communication from Fifa (head of the Fifa World Cup & Olympic qualifiers) regarding the match dates in the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers to be played in June 2013.
“According to Fifa, since Nigeria has qualified for the Fifa Confederations Cup to be played in June 2013 in Brazil for winning the Afcon 2013, the organising committee for the Fifa World Cup will meet on 19th March, 2013 in Zurich to discuss the optimisation of the Group (Malawi, Nigeria, Kenya and Namibia) calendar in June 2013,” read part of the press statement from Nyirenda.
He added: “In this respect, Fifa may have to reschedule respective Malawi’s home matches to be played one or two days earlier than 7th and 14th June 2013 in order to give the African Champions enough time to prepare for the Fifa Confederations Cup.
“This means that Malawi’s home matches in June 2013 may be played during midweek once a decision is made by the organising committee of the Fifa World Cup.”
The Flames are set to resume their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign against Namibia’s Brave Warriors away in Windhoek next month.