CAN qualifiers: Sierra Leone-Benin postponed due to huge mess over Covid tests

Scheduled for Tuesday, the qualifying match for the CAN between Sierra Leone and Benin has been postponed after a huge imbroglio on the spot on the Covid tests.

The Sierra Leone-Benin match scheduled for Tuesday, decisive for qualifying for the CAN, has been “canceled” and no new date set, after six positive cases of Covid-19 in the Benin team were detected at the last moment, causing an imbroglio, said a Sierra Leonean official.

“CAF (African Football Confederation) has decided to cancel the match,” Sierra Leonean Football Federation spokesperson Ibrahim Kamara told AFP late in the evening.

He said that no new date had been set, pending a decision from the CAF, but that the officials of the two selections had accepted that new tests for the detection of Covid-19 be carried out.

The wrath of Benin

The delegation of the Squirrels of Benin had expressed its great dissatisfaction after six positive cases were detected in its team shortly before the match, including the best elements Steve Mounié or Jodel Dossou, according to Beninese media.

The team, coached by Frenchman Michel Dussuyer, arrived at Freetown stadium but did not get off the bus, according to a senior sports ministry official.

Images circulating on Twitter, filmed from the Beninese bus, showed the vehicle blocked by the crowd.

Negotiations continued for several hours between representatives of the two countries, and the start of the meeting was postponed several times, until the final announcement of its cancellation.

In addition, the Siaka Steven Stadium was suspended due to its dilapidation, but the sanction was exceptionally lifted by the African Football Confederation (CAF), on March 11, on the basis of the new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. and current travel restrictions.

The suspension was only lifted while qualifying for CAN-2022 was completed. Sierra Leone need a two-goal victory to qualify, otherwise Benin will go to CAN.


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