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The soap opera of the last qualifying match for the African Cup of Nations between Sierra Leone and Benin experienced another last-minute rebound on Monday, with a new challenge to Covid-19 tests casting doubt on the holding of the match. The meeting is postponed to Tuesday.
After a first postponement last March, a new imbroglio around Covid-19 tests again prevented the holding of the match which was to oppose, Monday, June 14, Sierra Leone and Benin. This time it was Sierraléonais who would have tested positive.
This decisive match between second and third in group L of qualifying for CAN-2022 was to be played in the afternoon behind closed doors in Conakry, Guinea. But the start of the match was delayed when, again in great confusion, six players from Sierra Leone and two members of the staff tested positive for Covid-19 shortly before kick-off, members said. of the team.
According to the Twitter account of the Benin team, the meeting is postponed to Tuesday.
The match will be played on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 5 p.m. Cotonou time and 6 p.m. Paris time.
The 6 Sierra Leonean players and 2 members of their technical staff will resume the PCR tests this evening (Monday, June 14, 2021)
The results will be expected tomorrow morning. #SLNBEN https://t.co/ryZyHl2RZD
– Benin Squirrels 🇧🇯🐿⚽️ (@BeninSquirrels) June 14, 2021
In March, in Sierra Leone, the match had not taken place after the announcement, at the last moment and under obscure circumstances, of five positive cases among the “squirrels” of Benin. The Beninese had contested and argued a negative test for all before their trip. The Sierra Leonean Federation accused the Benin team of refusing to play.
The African Football Confederation (CAF) had finally rescheduled the match in June. Sierra Leone needs a victory to qualify, otherwise Benin will go to CAN.