Chad has announced that it is backing out of the AFCON qualifiers due to financial reasons. An official statement by Chad signed by FA general secretary, Moctar Mahamoud, said the country will not be in Tanzania for Monday’s AFCON qualifier due to the harsh economic realities.
Seven-time winners of the AFCON, the Pharaohs of Egypt and three-time winners, the Nigerian Super Eagles clashed on Friday, seeing the Pharaohs clinch a last minute goal against Nigeria.
The football match which ended with a scoreline of 1-1 meant bad news for the Super Eagles. At the end of the game it seemed there was still hope for the Nigerian team through a ‘ best losers’ scheme.
However, Chad’s exit has complicated things in the group which consists of Nigeria, Egypt, Tanzania and Chad. The Chadians who had lost 3 games were at the bottom of the group with no point. In order to advance, Nigeria must win the game against Egypt come Tuesday in Alexandria.
CAF published Article 61 of the competition citing that, “If a team withdraws from the qualifying phase organised in groups, all its results shall be annulled (points, scored and conceded goals).”
This means that all points gotten from the games against Chad will be annulled. This leaves Egypt leading the group and Nigeria trailing by two points.
Also a group reduced to three teams following the withdrawal of a team will have only the group winner qualifying for the final tournament. This makes it quite unlikely for the Super Eagles who missed out on the last AFCON edition to participate in the 2017 AFCON tournament.
Meanwhile in conformity with the AFCON regulations, Chad was fined 20,000 US Dollars and also barred from participating in the next edition of the AFCON.
Tanzania will now host Egypt on June 3, while Nigeria will host Tanzania on Sept. 2.
The Fixtures for today, Monday 28 matches include;
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