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Comoros take on Cameroon WITHOUT goalkeeper Ali Ahamada in their AFCON last-16 draw

The Comoros will face Cameroon WITHOUT goalkeeper Ali Ahamada in their AFCON last-16 draw despite testing negative for Covid-19 for failing to follow protocols after catching the virus… meaning a fielder in goal will face the knockout clash

  • Ali Ahamada is negative for Covid but cannot meet draw protocols
  • It means the Comoros, 132nd in the FIFA rankings, will play without a goalkeeper
  • Fellow stoppers Salim Ben Boina and Moyadh Ousseini are also absent



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The Comoros will play their Africa Cup of Nations last-16 clash against Cameroon without a recognized goalkeeper, despite No. 1 Ali Ahamada testing negative for Covid-19 before the match.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said: BBC Sports Africa that Ahamada, who had tested positive for the virus, did not adhere to protocols to play in the match.

The rules require players to self-isolate for five days before taking another PCR test 48 hours before the next match of their side.

Comoros goalkeeper Ali Ahamada can't play his match's last-16 draw against Cameroon

Comoros goalkeeper Ali Ahamada can’t play his match’s last-16 draw against Cameroon

Ahamada was unable to complete the relevant Covid-19 tests in time for the meeting

Ahamada was unable to complete the relevant Covid-19 tests in time for the meeting

Ahamada was unable to complete the relevant Covid-19 tests in time for the meeting

It means that the Comoros, in 132nd place in the FIFA rankings, will play against Cameroon without a recognized goalkeeper and will be forced to play an outfield player in goal.

Fellow stoppers Salim Ben Boina and Moyadh Ousseini are out with a shoulder injury and Covid respectively.

The rules also mean that midfielder Yacine Bourhane, who also tested negative prior to the Cameroon draw, will be absent.

Comoros manager El Hadad Himini had said earlier on Monday that he was hopeful of having the pair available for the match.

“If the tests go well, we will await the findings of the medical committee to see if they can play or not,” Himini said in a statement on Twitter.

Midfielder Yacine Bourhane also misses the Comoros match against Cameroon

Midfielder Yacine Bourhane also misses the Comoros match against Cameroon

Midfielder Yacine Bourhane also misses the Comoros match against Cameroon

“We hope they will grant us our rights, just like they do with the other teams. We are now waiting and we hope that everything will get better with us.’

The Comoros take part in their first ever Africa Cup of Nations and advanced to the knockout stage after finishing third in Group C thanks to a 3-2 win against Ghana.

Defenders Kassim Abdallah and Alexis Souahy, midfielder Nakibou Aboubakari, attacker Mohamed M’Changama and coach Amir Abdou also tested positive in the outbreak in the Comoros camp.

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