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FA considering funding axe for Africa

May 9, 2011

Football Association chiefs are considering whether to axe funding to three of Africa's poorest countries after a review of overseas projects following England's failed 2018 World Cup bid.

Geoff Thompson: A respected figure
GettyImagesGeoff Thompson: One of the two voters.

An FA board meeting will decide the budget and strategy for international development, with high-profile relationships with Malawi, Lesotho and Botswana under threat.

The FA decided to review their international projects after the 2018 debacle last year where England won just two FIFA votes - one of those from English vice-president Geoff Thompson.

Walter Nyamilandu, head of the Football Association of Malawi, said all the FA assistance had been cancelled.

He told the Nation newspaper: ''They [England] are saying that they are reviewing their support towards development of football in the light of the poor support they received during the 2018 World Cup bid.

''According to the FA, they took the decision because they felt FIFA was not recognising the support they were giving to the game of football. Their services are greatly missed.''

Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville and David James have all visited Malawi on behalf of the FA to boost development projects, England manager Fabio Capello has been to Lesotho, while Paul Gascoigne was part of an FA visit to Botswana.