By Williams Gondwa:
Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) has said Angola face disciplinary action for withdrawing from this year’s Cosafa Cup at the 11th hour.
The cup kicks off on Saturday in Durban, South Africa, minus Angola, leaving 13 teams, including Malawi, as the participants.
Cosafa Vice-General Secretary, Sugzo Nyirenda, said it would be difficult to replace Angola, who were drawn in group A alongside Mauritius, Comoros and eSwatini.
“We received communication from the Angolan Football Federation on Monday that, due to other commitments, they won’t take part in this year’s cup. Our disciplinary team is working on the issue but the rules of the competition are clear that the remaining three teams will battle for a quarter-final slot,” Nyirenda said.
He said Angola have cited their domestic league which is in progress and a trip to Portugal for camp training, ahead of their participation in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt, as the reasons for the pull out.
In another development, Malawi’s Flames are expected to leave for Durban Friday.
Flames Coach, Meke Mwase, will release the final travelling squad today.
“The boys are geared up for the tournament. We hope that, this time around, we will work hard to reach the quarter-final stage,” Mwase said.
Malawi are in group A alongside Seychelles, Mozambique and Namibia.
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