Malawi’s inability to hire a manager for its national team has forced it to withdraw from the 2018 Cup of Home Based African Nations, and the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

The Football Association of Malawi made the decision after the Malawi government had refused to provide financial assistance in hiring an expatriate manager to help develop the country’s footballers.

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The FAM said in a statement on Sunday: “The immediate recruitment of the Malawi National Senior Football team coach be suspended until such a time that Government has adequate resources to fund such recruitment and also for the reasons outlined in (iii) below. The current huge gaps and shortfalls of our Senior National Football team can only be addressed through recruitment of a well-trained and highly experienced expatriate coach.

“Having considered all the available options, and in accordance with required notices for withdrawal, it was further resolved that the Malawi National Senior Football team be withdrawn from CHAN Competition by 31stMarch, and from AFCON by 30th April 2017, due to lack of funding.”

The country’s last national team manager was Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan, who quit in September 2016 after only one match in charge.