The Brave Warriors of Namibia’s hopes of reaching the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) received a massive boost after Chad were expelled from the qualifiers.
Chad, whose national federation is disbanded by the government, were not allowed to attend Friday’s Confederation of African Football General Assembly despite being in Rabat, Morocco.
Chad were set to host Namibia in N’Djamena on 24 March before travelling to face Mali in Bamako on 28 March.
“They will be suspended and Namibia and Mali will each get three points,” said Namibia Football Association (NFA) secretary-general Franco Cosmos.
Mali, who move to 13 points, have already sealed their place at the continental showpiece tournament, leaving Guinea (8) and Namibia (6) to fight for the second qualifier from Group A.
“So, if we win our match at home against Guinea we will qualify for Afcon in Cameroon because we will have nine points, provided Guinea lose both games against us and Mali as they are on eight points,” Cosmos explained.
“For now we are just awaiting official communication, but our national team won’t be going to Chad.”
The north-central African nation’s youth and sports ministry withdrew the Federation of Chad Football Association’s (FTFA) powers on 10 March.
Chad are likely to incur a ban from Fifa whose regulations do not allow governments to interfere in the running of football and on several occasions when this has happened, the sport’s world governing body has issued a global ban.
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By FARPost Reporter