On Monday, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) disqualified Chad from participating in the upcoming Afcon qualifiers.
The decision was taken following the suspension of the Chadian Football Federation by the Chadian Ministry of Youth and Sports. This interference from government has led to Caf taking a decision regarding Chad’s involvement in continental football.
According to Reuters News Agency, the Chadian Ministry of Youth and Sports stripped the country’s football federation of its powers on the 10th of March following concerns over the way it was being run and a breakdown in communication.
Unfortunately for the nation, this might also result in them also facing a ban from Fifa.
Chad were already struggling at the bottom of Group A with just a single point from their first four qualification matches.
They were due to host Namibia on Wednesday the 24th of March before facing Mali away from home three days later. Caf communicated that all their remaining games are now subsequently cancelled.
In line with Article 61, read together with Article 64 of the Caf Regulations, Chad is considered a loser of both matches against Namibia and Mali.
Mali, who have already qualified, are top of the group with 13 points, followed by Guinea with eight points and Namibia with six points from five games.
Chad progressed to the group stage of the qualifiers after eliminating Liberia 5-4 in a penalty shootout.
It remains to be seen what the final decision will be regarding Chadian football, but with so much trouble, it might take long for things to get back to normal.
Both Guinea and Namibia still stand a chance at qualifying for the continental showpiece scheduled to take place in Cameroon next year. The two sides will lock horns on the 28th of March with Guinea needing a point while Namibia must take maximum points to qualify.
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