Malawi protest to CAF on Chad missile-throwing fans

The Football Association of Malawi says it is writing to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) protesting at the hostile reception and violence the Malawi national team faced in N’djamena, Chad.

Malawi lost 2-3 to Chad in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations first-leg qualifier.

But apart from hostile reception, according to a live commentary monitored on Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS, there were ugly scenes when Atusaye Nyondo scored the second goal for Malawi.

Nyirenda: Protest

Mike Bango in his live comentray said the Chadian fans started hurling missiles at Malawi players on the pitch.

Nyondo was injured after being hit by one of the missiles which were hurled into the pitch. The striker could not continue playing and was replaced.

A bottle was also reportedly flung on Malawi’s Spain-based youth player Robin Ngalande.

Malawi FA general secretary Suzgho Nyirenda  said they are lodging protest papers to FIFA on the incident.

He described the incidents as “unacceptable.”

Last year, Malawi also faced hostile reception in Chad where  were booked in a substandard hotel and were forced to train on bumpy and unsafe ground.

Meanwhile,  Malawi coach Kinnah Phiri, condemned the behavior of Chad supporters, claiming it had an impact on the results of the match.

“My boys played well … bu the main destruction was when Chad supporters started that barbaric behavior and they injured one of our effective players of the game. And it psychologically affected them (the boys) somehow they were not as focused as at first.” complained Kinnah

“I don’t know why they had to do that kind of behavior, because these matches are played home and way why showing that kind of behavior?”

However, the coach was satisfied with the result in Ndjamena and said is looking forward to the second leg fixture which will be played at Kamuzu stadium on June 17.

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