Malawi sports news addendum
- Malawi results enrage MPs
By Aubrey Sumbuleta
BBC Sport, Lilongwe
Malawi's national assembly has demanded the resignation of sports
minister Henry Chimunthu Banda.
The parliamentarians, dissatisfied with the national team's results in
the 2006 World Cup qualifying series, blamed Banda for the country's
flagging football fortunes.
The Flames, as Malawi's national team is known, sit at the bottom of
Group Five with three points.
Justine Malewezi, former vice-president but now a sitting MP, was
unhappy that the team travelled to Tunisia for their last match without
The Flames were thrashed 7-0 by the reigning African champions in their
It took six days for the team to return home, due to financial
constraints which complicated their return journey through Ethiopia.
"It will take four years for the Flames to overcome this 7-0 defeat,"
Malewezi said angrily.
"I call for the team to withdraw from the competition so that we can
prepare ourselves well before we join any other competitions," he went
on, to the applause of other MPs.
Malewezi also proposed the establishment of a Parliamentary Committee
Other legislators questioned the commitment of the government to the
national team, since they have failed to sufficiently fund its
"It's sad that Malawi has become Africa's football whipping boys," said
"Malawi has become a laughing stock," he went on.
Banda, nicknamed "Mr Seven-zero" by the angry MPs, following the defeat
in Tunisia, refused to quit his post.
He claimed the government was doing all it can to support the Flames.
"It would be unwise of us to withdraw the team from the competition,"
The minister said officials of the ministry will look into the affairs
of the team in order to reverse their fortunes.