Harsh Reception for Flames in Mali Ahead of Big Clash
Leader of delegation for Malawi national soccer side aka the Flames David Dube has complained that the team was accommodated in a substandard hotel with worn-out beds and mattresses and poor washrooms, Maravi Express has learnt.
The Flames arrived Wednesday in Mali for an African Cup of Nations qualifiers encounter which takes place in Bamako this coming Saturday August 6, 2014.
Dube said that the West African nation did not give the Flames good accommodation as per Confederations of African Football (CAF) rules which stipulate that hosts are supposed to take care of visiting teams.
He further explained that the Flames refused to stay at the Olympe hotel and instead opted to camp at the lobby.
“We camped at the lobby after our training on Wednesday.
“We have asked the Football Association of Malawi to formally complain to CAF,” he explained.
Meanwhile, FAM has reportedly lodged an official complaint over the manner in which the host country has treated the visiting Flames in as far as accommodation is concerned.
However, Dube has said that despite the poor reception, the spirits in the Flames camp were still skyrocketing and was hopeful that they are going to deliver sweet grapes during the away encounter.
The last time the Flames played Mali was during the 2010 Angola Africa Cup of Nations finals and lost 1-3 in a match that saw them packing their bags out of the competition despite their 3-0 pounding of Algeria in their opener.
By Richard Chinansi