African Nations Cup 2010

Malawi denied training ground ahead of Angola loss

January 15, 2010
By Reuters

Malawi claim they were denied a training ground for two days leading up to Thursday's African Nations Cup finals defeat to hosts Angola in Luanda.

Kinnah Phiri Malawi
GettyImagesFormer Malawi international Kinnah Phiri is now the coach of the national side

Angola 2-0 Malawi

Following the 2-0 loss in the Group A match, coach Kinnah Phiri said a protest had been handed to the tournament organisers, the Confederation of African Football.

"We find it very strange that in this competition a team cannot be found a ground to train," he said. "We are very disappointed because we feel that either the organising committee or the Angolan federation were working towards pushing Angola into the quarter-finals.

"Three times we went to a ground and found others using the pitch. We asked them to leave but they refused. We didn't have a session over the last two days before the game."

Malawi, who beat Algeria 3-0 in their opening match, are second in the standings and are likely to qualify for the quarter-finals if they beat Mali in their last game in Cabinda on Monday.