The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has banned the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongue, Malawi from hosting the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers.
According to a statement by Football Association of Malawi, (FAM) general secretary Alfred Gunda, based on the report of the inspector, CAF has informed Malawi FA that the stadium does not meet the set CAF stadium minimum requirements and consequently will not be approved for the qualifying matches of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
According to CAF, the main reason for not approving the stadium is the pitch as it was not in playable condition on the day of inspection.
FAM has been advised to select a venue among the stadiums approved by CAF in neighboring countries and must inform CAF latest by 9th August 2021.
The Malawi FA is very disappointed with the news as it had high hopes of the facility passing the test considering the effort and resources the association has put in making the facility homologated.
It is in this regard that FAM has resolved to appeal against the CAF decision and will request for another assessment in the next 14 days.
The Malawi Association believes that tremendous progress has been made on improving the pitch at the stadium and that it will be ready for use for domestic and international fixtures by the 21st of August 2021. This was even shared with the inspector who had a first-hand experience of the work being done on the pitch.
FAM Says they will write CAF to arrange another inspection on 22nd August 2021.