By Patrick Akoto
Chief Executive of the Football Association of Malawi Charles Nyirenda has warned Ghana against a repeat of a potential floodlight failure during the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against the Black Stars.
The West African giants were dealt an embarrassing fiasco during the opening match of the 2014 Wold Cup qualifier against Lesotho at the Baba Yara stadium in June where the game was delayed for nearly an hour after the floodlights went off in the second half.
Despite the game being shifted to the capital, the tough-talking Malawi chief is cautioning Ghanaian authorities against a repeat of that unfortunate episode.
“”We hope we are going to get a good result without any off the pitch hitches so if our friends in Ghana want the game to be played late, we just dont want what happened in the Lesotho – Ghana game to repeat itself again,” Nyirenda told Sunyani-based Storm FM
“We don’t really know what went into that but we wouldnt want to wait 1 hour without lights,we want to play swiftly thats all,”
“We are very prepared for the game and we dont fear names because you can mention all the names even Abedi Pele, Asamoah Gyan or the Ayew brothers but we are also a team who play as a unit.”
Safety concerns have been raised about the Accra Sports stadium to host the match with visible cracks at the edifice that was built and refurbished to purposely host the 2008 Nations Cup.
Many soccer fans have lamented about the poor state of the facility despite authorities passing it fit to host the crucial first leg.
The game will be played at 15:30 GMT