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Angola ecstacy as Malawi win sends them to top of Group A

Angola burst into celebration on last night after the African Nations Cup hosts, who contrived to throw away a four-goal lead in their opening game, catapulted to the top of Group A with a 2-0 victory over Malawi.

Angola's first win of the tournament was preceded by a close-fought 1-0 win for Algeria over Mali, setting up the group for a dramatic finish on Monday.

Striker Flavio scored a third goal of the tournament to put Angola ahead just after half-time and Manucho added a second soon after as the hosts banished the image of their dramatic capitulation on Sunday when they conceded four late goals to draw 4-4 with Mali.

"We have the spirit and the right attitude and we always knew we were going to win," said coach Manuel Jose after the victory, which put Angola top with four points.

Malawi are second, just ahead of Algeria on goal difference, on three points with Mali on a single point, but still in with a chance of progressing to the last eight.

FAI CLARIFICATION

An article in our edition of 10 November 2009 entitled 'Trap Will Cast a Cold Eye' referred to the finances of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). The FAI has pointed out inaccuracies in this article.

We acknowledge that the FAI's wage bill did not treble in the years 2000--2008, nor were the FAI, at the end of 2008, €16m in debt.

We also acknowledge that, in relation to the funding of the new Aviva/Lansdowne Road Stadium, the 2008 audited accounts of the FAI show that it had a net funding commitment of €74.3m and not €125m as stated in the article.

We are happy to clarify these matters.


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