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Sierra Leone vs Benin African Cup Qualification Match Postponed due to COVID-19

Tuesday, 15-June-2021 15:10

Sierra Leone vs Benin African Cup Qualification Match Postponed due to COVID-19
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Sierra Leone vs Benin African Cup Qualification Match Postponed due to COVID-19
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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match between Sierra Leone and Benin has been postponed again due to the emergence of positive cases of COVID-19 in the squad of the competing teams.

The match was supposed to be played last March and was postponed to Monday (06/14/2021). However, the match was postponed yet again at the last minute as six Sierra Leonean players tested positive for COVID-19.

The match, which was moved to a neutral location in Guinea, has now been pushed back to Tuesday after officials from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) tried to defuse Sierra Leone's angry protests after breaking news that six players and two members of the technical team had tested positive for COVID-19.

Local media reported that Sierra Leone's team management questioned the results of the CAF version of the test in the match and demanded that the players be retested and the match postponed to Tuesday.

Benin only needs a draw to qualify for the main draw to be played in Cameroon in January, while Sierra Leone needs a win to claim the ticket, making the match a life-or-death match that was originally played on March 30 at Freetown.

This scenario is like a repeat of a story similar to the first postponement of this match, only the affected teams are different.

At that time, Benin accused Sierra Leone of unfavorable advantage because they had just been told five of their players had failed the COVID-19 test so they were banned from playing just 90 minutes before kick-off.

Benin then refused to respect the schedule and the CAF ordered the match to be moved to a neutral location and the African football authority would control COVID-19 testing, as reported by Antara.

Reporter : turkhan
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