Malawi, Ghana return match at Civo Stadium: Kinnah not happy

Malawi will host the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations last round return leg against Ghana at Civo Stadium in the capital Lilongwe on October 13 a development which has not gone well with coach Kinnah Phiri.

Government closed Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre due to safety and security fears but engineers have not furnished the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) with the status report of the stadium, hence the choice of Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

“Civo Stadium in Lilongwe will host the match between Malawi and Ghana,” FAM president Walter Nyamilandu confirmed with Nyasa Times.

Kinnah: I would have loved Kamuzu Stadium not Civo

He said Civo Stadium is of international standards and is currently closed for minor renovations in preparations for the decisive match.

Malawi has a huge task to score three unanswered goals to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals having lost the first leg 2-0 in Accra.

Head coach for the Flames, Kinnah Phiri, has expressed displeasure with the venue.

“We wanted the match to be played at Kamuzu Stadium. Civo’s natural surface will give Ghana players an advantage as most of their players are used to such surface,” said Kinnah.

No surrender

Kinnah however said Malawi had not given up on their chances to qualify for the finals, saying the team is capable of overturning the results in the second leg.

“We have not given up. We have always come down from a defeat in our backyard and managed to qualify. We will sweat blood to get the results we need,” he said.

“The story is not finished, it’s not done and dusted,” said Kinnah.

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