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May 26, 2022

AFCON 2021: ‘Comoros to play an outfield player in goal’ – AFCON rules

By Brian Aheebwa
Comoros players celebrate their triumph over Ghana in their last group game | CAF Image

According to AFCON rules, Comoros who are facing a crisis in the goalkeeping department will have no choice but to play an outfield player in goal.

The Island nation were severely hit by Covid-19 as per Friday’s tests which returned 12 positive results for players and one for head coach Amir Abdou.

Two reserve goalkeepers in Moyadh Ousseini and Ali Ahamada were amongst the 12 players that tested positive while first choice goalkeeper Ben Boina got injured against Morocco and is still out.

Rules say: “In the event of the absence of a goalkeeper, another player from the team must replace the goalkeeper, provided the total number of available players is at least 11.”

Other first team infected players are defenders; Kassim Abdallah and Alexis Souahy, midfielders; Nakibou Aboubakari and Yacine Bourhane and striker Mohamed M’Changama.

After making history by qualifying for the Round of 16 of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations during their maiden campaign, the Les Coelacantes have a daunting task on Monday against hosts Cameroon.

Comoros who only became a FIFA member in 2005 wrote their name in the history books when they shocked African giants Ghana 3-2 in Group C, a victory that helped them finish as one of the best four third placed teams on three points.

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