The last CAN playoff game between Sierra Leone and Benin, scheduled for Monday in Guinea, was finally postponed for a day due to a problem related to Covid tests. Six weeks after a first postponement, already for a similar concern.
Will this meeting be able to be played out one day? While the CAN 2021 qualifiers (January 9 to February 6, 2022) have been over since the end of March, there is still a late match to play in Group L, between Sierra Leone and Benin. The poster should have taken place behind closed doors on Monday in Conakry (Guinea), but it was finally postponed for a day, due to a concern related to the Covid tests of the Sierra Leonean delegation. Shortly before kick-off, six players and two members of the Squirrels staff were diagnosed positive, according to the African Football Confederation. But these results are disputed by the leaders of Sierra Leone.
Faced with this imbroglio, CAF decided to reschedule the match this Tuesday at 6 p.m. Those who are positive will undergo new PCR tests this Monday evening, carried out by another medical team. The results are expected in the morning of Tuesday, before noon.
Benin refused to play in March
One more hiccup around this decisive meeting, which had been postponed for the first time on March 30. Already for a Covid testing problem. At the time, it was the Beninese who denounced the screening of five of their players, announced positive at the last moment in questionable circumstances. The Squirrels had waved their negative tests done just before their trip, refusing to play. CAF then decided to postpone the match to June.
This is a decisive poster for the last qualifying place for the next CAN. Sierra Leone needs a victory to qualify, otherwise Benin will travel to Cameroon next January (January 9 to February 6).