Top Ad
I DIG Radio
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

You don't see Mane washing own pants - Malawi

Written by 
Published in Soccer
Monday, 24 January 2022 07:49

Malawi head coach Mario Marinica has hit out at the conditions his team have encountered at their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) accommodation and outlined his belief that there is a conscious bias against the "smaller" teams in the competition.

The Flames will face Morocco at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde in Tuesday's round of 16 clash, but their preparations have been affected by food poisoning, a lack of basic commodities, and, according to Marinica, a dearth of facilities for clothes washing.

- Don't have ESPN? Get instant access

The Romanian head coach, whose comments come amid accusations from Gambia about the sub-standard conditions they have encountered, believes that favouritism towards the competition's bigger teams is leaving the lesser lights at a disadvantage.

"You wouldn't see Sadio Mane washing his own underpants and hanging them on a bush to dry," Marinica told ESPN. "Gambia have the same problem, and there are different standards here, teams are being treated differently.

"We talk about inclusion, we want to have minnows, small teams doing fantastic things, but when it comes to the latter stages, people don't fancy us playing against Cape Verde and not Senegal playing Morocco [for example].

"Certain questions have to be asked; why are these things happening to us, why only to the smaller teams, why only to Comoros, Gambia, us?"

Marinica outlined that while his clothes had been washed, his team had been forced to do their own laundry, while hotel staff at the Hotel Valle de Bana in Bafoussam had also failed to provide the team with basic commodities.

"I've asked my fellow colleagues and team leaders to lodge a formal complaint," he added. "I complained to the managers of the estate, and at the current [hotel] we struggled for three days before things were sorted out.

"I couldn't have milk for coffee, they said the milk was finished until tomorrow. We are treated like second-class citizens, but if you're a hotel manager and you see this happening, you take charge, you can't allow it in this day and age, at this level of competition.

"We stayed in the same facilities before and I was shocked, we didn't have enough food, there were complaints about the food, but we stayed together, worked hard, stayed strong and will come through with flying colours."

Malawi have also encountered food poisoning problems and coronavirus complications before matches, with Marinica complaining about players vomiting before and during fixtures after eating sub-standard food.

He said he believes that the officiating at AFCON has not favoured his side, and accused the same bias towards the bigger teams as filtering into the officiating at the tournament.

"Honesty on the pitch is important," he concluded. "The referee in the last match played a huge part in our draw with Senegal, where we had a clear cut penalty, the player was pushed, pulled and the referee gave nothing.

"Later, the ref gave offside when he should have played advantage, it's as though we are second-rate citizens."

Midfielder John Banda also corroborated Marinica's testimony of the team's underwhelming treatment in Cameroon, and called on the Confederation of African Football to ensure all teams are treated on an equal footing.

"Our clothes haven't been washed, it's true, and we're facing some problems," he told ESPN. "It's unfortunate that we're being taken as underdogs.

"As Africa, we need to be treated equally, the same as Senegal, Nigeria, all equally. This is a competition, no teams are guaranteed they will win it, and we all need equal treatment and fairness."

Malawi, who are competing at their third AFCON, have never before reached the knockout stages.

Read 52 times


De Bruyne pips Salah to Prem Player of Season

De Bruyne pips Salah to Prem Player of Season

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been named the Premier League Player of the Season, p...

Xavi reveals Lewandowski talks at Barcelona

Xavi reveals Lewandowski talks at Barcelona

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has confirmed the club are working on the signing of Bayern Munich st...

Sources: Pogba considering Juventus offer

Sources: Pogba considering Juventus offer

Paul Pogba is considering an offer to return to Juventus, sources have told ESPN.The midfielder is s...


Smart, Giannis headline NBA's All-Defensive team

Smart, Giannis headline NBA's All-Defensive team

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis...

'MVP' Looney fuels classic Warriors barrage in 3rd

'MVP' Looney fuels classic Warriors barrage in 3rd

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Golden State Warriors have a history of big third quarters. No one exactly know...


O's call up top prospect Rutschman for MLB debut

O's call up top prospect Rutschman for MLB debut

The Baltimore Orioles have called up catcher Adley Rutschman from Triple-A Norfolk, and he is expect...

A tricked-out ambulance? A doctorate in deception? Johnny Cueto is still the most interesting man in baseball

A tricked-out ambulance? A doctorate in deception? Johnny Cueto is still the most interesting man in baseball

A few years ago, Johnny Cueto bought an ambulance, though to call this particular vehicle an ambulan...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.


Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.