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Afcon Qualifier: Caf confirms new date for Sierra Leone vs Benin clash

The continent’s soccer governing physique has picked a new date for the postponed encounter between the Leone Stars and the Squirrels

The Confederation of African Football has introduced the postponed Africa Cup of Nations qualification encounter between Sierra Leone and Benin Republic will now happen in the course of the June worldwide window.

The Group L fixture initially billed for Tuesday, March 30, on the National Stadium, Freetown didn’t happen owing to a Covid-19 controversy.

However, each groups will now sq. up in opposition to each other in three months’ time – a sport that can decide the final crew to safe a spot for Cameroon 2022.

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“The Africa Cup of Nations organizing committee has decided to postpone the above-mentioned match to the next Fifa international window scheduled for June 2021. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding,” a publish from Benin Football Federation Facebook web page learn.

Although Michel Dussuyer’s males arrived on the match venue, they refused to go away their bus after being instructed inside an hour to kick-off that star participant Steve Mounie, alongside 5 others had examined optimistic for the virus.

The Squirrels didn’t settle for the outcomes produced by their hosts claiming the checks taken 72 hours earlier turned out damaging.

“We arrived at the stadium in Sierra Leone to learn that—bizarrely—five starters have Covid. What a comedy sketch!” defender Emmanuel Imorou tweeted.

“We did our own tests 72 hours before the match as planned,” he added. “After the time of the trip, we were tested again in Sierra Leone, and five positive results…the captain, and players from Ligue 1 and Ligue 2.”

Benin Republic additionally echoed their dissatisfaction with how occasions turned out in Freetown.

“What is currently happening is a disgrace for African football,” they wrote on their official Twitter deal with.

“We hope that the Confederation of African Football will take its responsibilities and—especially—take measures following these decisions.”

The Squirrels misplaced 1-0 the final day trip to Gernot Rohr’s Nigeria, whereas the Leone Stars recorded a 0-0 attract Maseru, Lesotho.

Dussuyer’s facet wants a draw to ensure their place within the biennial African soccer showpiece, whereas victory for John Keister’s crew will ship Sierra Leone by.

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