COVID Positive Comoros Players Played in Ghana Black Stars AFCON 2021 Upset, Embarrass Angry CAF

COVID Positive Comoros Players Played in Ghana Black Stars AFCON 2021 Upset, Embarrass Angry CAF

  • A staggering claim has emerged nearly one year after AFCON 2021 in Cameroon
  • A Comoros FA official stated some of its players in the tournament had COVID-19
  • This was despite strict protocols in place and has cast the organisers in bad light

Several players from Comoros played in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, despite having tested positive for COVID-19.

This is a claim that was made by the Comoros football federation's president, Said Ali Athouman last month during his wedding, where amazingly, Confederation of African Football (CAF) representatives were in attendance.

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Ghana's Andre Ayew in action against the Comoros Islands at AFCON 2021 in Cameroon. Image source: Getty Images.
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According to Yahoo News, Athouman said to amused guests, in a video taken during the wedding:

"Against Ghana - I can say it now since time has passed - we had first-team players who tested positive and we managed to have them on the pitch playing."

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The encounter will be remembered for the tiny Indian Ocean island nation defeating the Black Stars in one of the all-time great AFCON upsets. This boosted the upstarts to surprisingly qualify for the knockouts, where they were knocked out by the hosts.

CAF's communications director, Lux September tersely refuted Athouman's claim, telling BBC Sport Africa:

"It's impossible to have cheated the Covid protocols."

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Source: Sports Brief News