DR Congo’s camp has been thrown into disarray hours to their Group B game against Libya after five members of the squad including head coach Florent Ibenge tested positive for the coronavirus.
The two-time African Nations Championships (CHAN) winners will be without goalkeeper and captain Ley Matampi, Serge Mukumi Mulamba, Doxa Gikanji and Andy Bikoko Lobulka after they returned positive results.
Matampi, Mulamba and Doxa started in their opening group game against Congo Brazzaville in Douala on Sunday, while Lobulka was an unused substitute for the game.
DRC will be without the quartet together with Ibenge for their game against Libya on Thursday evening at the Jopama stadium in Douala, Cameroon and for at least seven days because of COVID-19 protocols.
The DRC squad underwent coronavirus testing after their previous game in line with the CAF health protocols for the CHAN tournament.
The members involved have been placed under immediate isolation and quarantine as they undergo treatment.
No other members will be placed under isolation apart from those who have tested positive, and the team is said not to expect any further positive results ahead of the game.
DR Congo got their CHAN campaign underway to a positive start, defeating Congo Brazzaville 1-0 on Sunday.
Midfielder Chico Kubanza scored the only goal of the game early in the second half which lifted his side to the top of the group.
Libya meanwhile was held to a goalless draw against Niger in their first game. DRC will secure progress to the quarter-finals if they secure victory over Libya.