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21.01.2010 Football News

Ghana's opponent face match-fixing allegations

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Ghana's quarter-finals opponent Angola are facing allegations of match-fixing after drawing blank with Algeria in the final Africa Cup of Nations Group A clash on Monday. 

Mali, who exited the tournament despite beating Malawi 3-1 on the same day in the Group, claim the hosts and Algeria deliberately fixed the outcome of the result to ensure they both progressed at their expense. 

The Mali FA (FMF) in an official protest to Caf claimed the attitude of both sides was contrary to Fifa's ethics of fair play, and pointed out that Caf had taken action in the past, such as refusing to award points to Cameroon and Egypt after their draw at the 2001 African Junior Championship.

But the playing body of the Palancas Negras has rebuffed the claims by the officials of the Mali FA. 

"In the first half they started much better than us, that's why we were a little bit scared of conceding a goal," Raul Marques, the Angola defender said. "In the second half we were better,but the football just didn't happen." 

Caf is expected to respond to Mali's protest before the quarter-finals begin on Sunday. 

Group A leaders Angola play Ghana at the Estadio de 11 Novembro in Luanda in the first knockout match. 

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