According to Benin Senes, the CAF Appeals Committee confirmed the postponement of the game against Sierra Leone, which could not be played at the end of March due to a “fraudulent” Covid-19 test.
Benin Football Federation (FBF) Chairman Mathurin de Chacus was not encouraged when he heard the decision of the Appeals Committee of the African Football Federation (CAF) at the end of Tuesday, April 27. She confirmed that the match between Sierra Leone and Benin cannot be played at the end of March due to obstacles in the Covid-19 match and will be postponed to June. What are the benefits of this meeting? The African Cup of Nations (CAN) final qualifying tournament in Cameroon in 2022-Sierra Leone must win, while Benin just needs a draw.
“This decision is really shameful, it’s a scandal,” The plague Mathurin de Chacus, he still has not digested the events of March 30. That day, a few hours before the start of the match that was supposed to be held at the Freetown National Stadium, the Beninese were told that five of their players had tested positive for Covid-19 at their hotel the day before. However, the Sierra Leoneans did not provide official documents from the laboratory. Instead, they produced a simple white paper with the names of the five players on it, and then asked them to be isolated-the Beninese refused this request.
When the squirrel team members and technicians stayed on the bus for several hours, the situation got worse. « Sierra Leone police even intimidated Mathurin de Chacus and Sports Minister Oswald Homeky by shooting guns », Remember Jean-Marc Adjovi-Boco, the former international adviser to the minister of Beninese in Freetown. In the end, the game did not take place, The CAN Organizing Committee has decided to postpone it to June.
But Benin condemned the fraud, so it hurriedly compiled the documents for CAF. « We have a video showing how to test in Freetown in conditions of poor hygiene. 72 hours before the game, the entire Beninese delegation (77 people) was tested in Cotonou. A return test from Freetown was also conducted in Cotonou and all the tests were negative. Five players considered to be active players were tested again in France and the results remained the same. », Jean-Marc Adjovi-Boco continued, stating that the BFF had repeatedly asked the Federation of Sierra Leone to send official documents to it, but without success.
The Beninians demanded that their opponents be disqualified for apparent cheating, while Sierra Leone demanded to give up Benin’s victory because Benin did not appear on the court.
Les Ecureuils emphasized that the CAF Appeals Committee’s decision to participate in this game in June is a bad sign for African football.
“This means that even if you try to cheat and get caught, you will not take risks. With this decision, we encourage cheaters and we have a bad image for Africa.”Intervention midfielder Clermont Foot (Clermont Foot), one of the five players involved in the test case: “I tested positive in Clermont on March 3, put him in solitary confinement, and then tested negative. Therefore, I developed the antibody, but I never got infected again after ten days. It is absolutely outrageous. I couldn’t set foot on Sierra Leone, a country that declared me sick when I was a minor and sent its soldiers to our hotel at 2 am, trying to isolate us from the world. »
CAF did not disclose whether the game will be played in Freetown or in a neutral place. FBF Chairman Program appeal He immediately made a ruling in the ruling of the Sports Arbitration Court (CAS), World africa. CAF Secretary General Veron Mosengo-Omba, a Congolese, recalled when he contacted him, “The committees of this instance have sovereignty in their decisions When Patrice Motsepe of South Africa first took the lead, a way to waive executive procedures could expose CAF to bad publicity.