Sunday, 23 January 2022 05:22

AFCON 2022: Comoros could go into Cameroon last 16 clash without goalkeeper

Comoros are facing huge problems caused by a Covid 19 outbreak in the squad ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations last 16 match against Cameroon on Monday.

There have been 12 positive cases for the tournament debutants in the build-up to the biggest match in their history, including coach Amir Abdou.

Particularly concerning is that two of those are to goalkeepers Moyadh Ousseini and Ali Ahamada. Salim Ben Boina, the first-choice goalkeeper, is already out with injury, so Comoros must find an answer to their problem between the sticks very quickly.

“We will do everything in our power to find a solution,” general manager El Hadad Himidi said.

“It’s the coach and the only fit goalkeepers, so the situation is really complicated.”

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced before the tournament that no matches would be called off for Covid outbreaks, even if teams were left without a goalkeeper.

“A team will be required to play a match if they have a minimum of 11 players available who have tested negative,” CAF stated.

“In the event of the absence of a goalkeeper, another player from the team must replace the goalkeeper, provided the total number of available players is at least 11.

“In exceptional cases, the Organising Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations will take the appropriate decision.”

Whether this is deemed an exceptional circumstance remains to be seen. Comoros produced an incredible shock to beat Ghana 3-2 and book their place in the last 16, and will be hoping their dream run is not curtailed by positive Covid tests.

[Evening Standard]

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