Malawi have pulled out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2018 African Nations Championship over funds in a move the government criticised as hasty.
The qualifying group stages of the CHAN tournament begin in April, and AFCON qualification starts in June, with Malawi due to play the winner of Comoros and Mauritius.
The Football Association of Malawi said in a statement on Sunday that having considered all available options it was withdrawing due to lack of funding.
The country, ranked 103rd in the world, also said it halted its search for a foreign coach.
The head of FAM, Alfred Gunda said that the withdrawal cannot be avoided looking at the current level of desperation in the national team in terms of funding and overall support.
The federation added; “Recruitment of a foreign coach has been halted until the “government has adequate resources,”.
FAM has been solely sponsored by the government after local companies dropped their support as the national economy struggles.
However, Sports minister Henry Mussa told local media that FAM’s withdrawal was hasty as consultations have not been exhaustive.
He questioned why Malawi could not hire an experienced local coach and compete in the tournaments.