Chad Disqualified From Africa Cup Of Nations
Chad has been disqualified from 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying because the country's government dissolved the soccer federation.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
The move by the Cairo-based organisation follows the unexplained dissolution of the Chadian national football federation by the sports ministry in the central African country.
Chad were already bottom of qualifying Group A.
Namibia and Mali, who were scheduled to play Chad this week in the last two matchdays ahead of the tournament in Cameroon next January, were awarded 3-0 victories.
Mali have already secured a place at the 24-nation finals while Guinea are two points ahead of Namibia in the contest for the other place.
Guinea host Mali in Conakry on Wednesday and a victory will ensure a top-two finish while any other result would keep alive Namibia’s hopes.
The suspension of Chad will not affect 2022 World Cup qualifying in Africa as they have already been eliminated.
The CAF decision is one of the first taken under its new leadership. General secretary Véron Mosengo-Omba left FIFA to run the Cairo-based governing body after South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe was elected CAF president on March 12.
Motsepe was elected unopposed as part of a deal brokered by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
FIFA could now suspend Chad from world soccer. FIFA statutes allow for member federations to be suspended when governments are believed to have interfered in the independence of elected soccer officials.
Africa Cup of Nations
Conakry: Guinea v Mali (1600 GMT)
Windhoek: Namibia v Guinea (1300 GMT)
Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)
Mali 5 4 1 0 10 3 13 – qualify
Guinea 4 2 2 0 6 3 8
Namibia 5 2 0 3 6 6 6
Chad 6 0 1 5 2 12 1
Note: Group winners and runners-up qualify for finals
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