By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Ahead of the final two group games of the Total African Cup of Nations (AFCON), Cameroon 2021, Chad’s national team has been disqualified from the qualifiers.
This was confirmed in a press release by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) which was made available on the CAF website, www.cafonline.com on Monday.
Following the suspension of the Chadian Football Federation by the Chadian Ministry of Youth and Sports, CAF has decided to disqualify the national team of Chad from the qualifiers of Total Africa Cup of Nations 2021.
Consequently, scheduled qualifier matches between Namibia (match 106) and Mali (match 130) for Total AFCON 2021 are canceled.
In line with Article 61 read together with Article 64 of the CAF Regulations, Chad is considered a loser of both matches against Namibia and Mali.
Chad were playing in Group A alongside Mali, Guinea, and Namibia. After four match days, Mali tops the group on 10 points, followed by Guinea (8 points) and Namibia (3 points). Chad were trailing the group on one point.
ARTICLE 61: “If a team withdraws after the start of the group matches without having played half of the group matches, the overall results of the matches in which this team participated is cancelled. Otherwise, if a team withdraws after participating in all the matches in the first half of the group matches, the remaining matches to be played in the said group are lost by penalty three goals to nil”
ARTICLE 64:” If for any reason whatsoever, a team withdraws from the competition or does not report for a match, except in cases of force majeure accepted by the Organizing Commission or refuses to play or leaves the ground before the regular end of the match without the authorization of the referee, it shall be considered looser and shall be eliminated for good from the current competition.”
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