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Malawi national football team, the Flames, faced travel hitches on the way to Ethiopia for the 2015 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.

It has emerged that, due to communication breakdown with the Cecafa organisers, the team slept on the floor at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport where they arrived in the early hours of Friday morning.

“We left Malawi on Thursday and due to difficulties in connecting flights in Nairobi, Kenya, we arrived very late in Addis Ababa and there was no one to pick us up until morning,” said a source in the Flames camp.

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As if that was not enough, the Flames spent hours waiting for a driver to pick the team to the airport on Saturday night when they were supposed to fly out to the venue of Monday’s Group C match in Bahir Dar City.

The city is some 332 kilometres away from Addis Ababa.

After waiting for two hours until midnight at the lounge of Afarensis Hotel after having already checked-out, the team checked in again.

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The Flames only left for the venue of the match on Sunday at 6 am. Leader of delegation Alexander Waya was not readily available for comment.

Team manager, Clement Kafwafwa, was reluctant to comment on the ordeal, which he downplayed as a mere logistical hitch.

“It was not sleeping as such. It was just a mere delay due to communication breakdown between Cecafa and those assigned to pick us up. They did not know that we were flying Kenya Airways which arrives in Addis Ababa at 1 am. They were expecting us to fly Ethiopia Airways which arrives earlier,” Kafwafwa.

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