CAN 2022: Ali Ahamada negative for Covid-19 but deprived of the round of 16 against Cameroon?

In the absence of the former Toulousain, the Comoros will have to play an outfield player in goal.

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New imbroglio in this CAN 69. Goalkeeper Ali Ahamada, yet tested negative for Covid-19 Monday morning, is not sure of being able to play the eighth final of the Comoros against Cameroon on Monday 22 January (20h). The fault of the Covid protocol of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) modified during the competition and which now imposes a five-day isolation for players affected by the virus.

A detrimental rule change for Comoros who have no other goalkeeper available since the injury of Salim Ben Boina and the also positive test of Moyadh Ousseini . While the hypothesis of having a field player play in goal had been studied for two days, the negative test and the conclusive examinations of Ali Ahamada had reassured the staff of the Cœlacanthes. “M but for the moment CAF does not want to play him”, explained Saïd Ali Saïd Athouman, president of the Comorian football federation, to AFP.

However, Wahbi Khazri, tested positive on Thursday 18 January, came into play in the victory against Nigeria, Sunday 22 January in the round of 16. A situation authorized by a derogation granted by CAF to Tunisia. A derogation requested by the Comoros who still have no answer a few hours before the match.

Covid case, update on the situation.

2 Coelacanths tested negative after new tests carried out this morning. Ali Ahamada and Yacine Bourhane will join the group in Yaoundé this afternoon.

— FFC (@fedcomfootball) January 23, 69 Yacine Bourhane is in the same situation as Ali Ahamada and awaits the agreement or not of CAF to play the first round of 16 in the history of the Comoros. Coach Amir Abdou is, for his part, still isolated and will not be present at the stadium. It remains to be seen if Ahamada and Bouhane will be allowed to play or if the Comoros will have to do without a professional goalkeeper against the best attack of the group stages.

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