The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided that the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier between Sierra Leone and the Republic of Benin be played during the international break in June.
Benin Republic refused to play the game earlier scheduled to be played last Tuesday over COVID-19 controversy after 6 if it’s first team players tested positive for the virus.
The Squirrels accused Sierra Leone of manipulating the COVID-19 test results so that too players of their team will not take part in the crucial qualifier.
Sierra Leone needs a win to progress to the tournament in Cameroon while Benin Republic needs just a draw to scale through.
A Facebook post by Benin Football Federation read,“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.”
Sierra Leone, however, disagrees with the decision of CAF. It wants CAF to award the country all three points in the game.
A statement released by the Sierra Leone Football Association read, “The Sierra Leone Football Association would like to inform the public that Caf has notified SLFA that the organizing committee of the African Cup of Nations has decided to postpone the match #151 between Sierra Leone and Benin in the 2021 Afcon qualifiers until the next Fifa international window scheduled for June 2021.”
“Caf did not state the yardstick used by the committee to arrive at the said decision.
“Consequently, and in accordance with art. 83, 84 and 85 of the Afcon regulations which adequately address issues around failure to report for a match and/or refusal to play, of which there have been several precedents the Sierra Leone Football Association has resolved to appeal the decision of the Afcon organizing committee.
“SLFA is therefore calling on every Sierra Leonean especially football loving fans to stay calm as the matter is currently being pursued in line with the appropriate statutory provisions.”