Burkina Faso screams scandal before the opening match

When it’s over, are there any more? Doubt has long hovered over the holding of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (postponed to 2022 due to the Covid-19 epidemic) from January 9 to February 6 in Cameroon, again and again because of the coronavirus. The African competition was in the end well and truly maintained, to the delight of Samuel Eto’o, president of FECAFOOT, as well as for lovers of the round ball in general. But now, less than 24 hours before the opening match of the competition between the host country, Cameroon, and Burkina Faso (Sunday, 5 p.m.), a controversy is slowly emerging and polluting this 33rd edition. of CAN.

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It is also precisely this first meeting of the African competition that is concerned, fueling the debates on the health situation still so complicated on the spot. While the Burkinabés had recorded several returns to their ranks after being struck by the Covid-19 during the preparation, Friday, several cases were detected again: 4 or 5 players including the 3 holders which are Edmond Tapsoba, Oula Abass Traoré and Saidou Simpore, according to The team, as well as several members of the staff and coach Kamou Malo.

“The authorities must review the organization”

If it can be due to chance or bad luck, Burkina Faso is crying scandal. The reason ? The protocol in force throughout this CAN 2021, namely the use of an independent laboratory to take PCR tests 48 hours from the start of each meeting, would have been strangely modified in recent hours to the detriment of the Standards. . “A medical team arrived yesterday (Friday) morning but we checked with the CAF who told us that it was not from them. We therefore refused these tests. CAF was supposed to send it to us in the afternoon but it arrived at 11 p.m. The 48 hour deadlines were therefore not respected and in addition, we were given antigens, not PCRs ”, initially cursed the assistant coach of the selection of Burkina Faso, in comments relayed by the sports daily.

And Firmin Sanou to continue, calling on the African Football Confederation (CAF) to answer for these events. “In the end, we have 4 positives, another one who is said to have not taken the test when he was the first to take! This is unacceptable and why do antigenic tests? The authorities must review the organization. We cannot accept this decision. If a group has to do PCR tests, we want something transparent. We don’t want to lose players like that 24 hours before the match under these conditions. We want clarifications and confirmations. “

” Scandal “ for Bertrand Traoré

For his part, the former Lyonnais Bertrand Traoré, captain of this nation, was not afraid to use the term “Scandal” to qualify what happened to him and his compatriots. The 26-year-old striker has also said, in front of the press, wanting “Learn more”. It now remains to know the reaction of the tournament organizers, who will have to manage a new controversy a few hours before the launch of the competition.

Source: Foot Mercato : Info Transferts Football – Actu Foot Transfert by www.footmercato.net.

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