AFCON2021: CAF Issues Response to Burkina Faso After the Alleged Covid-19 Tests Fraud

By Augustine Nyuykongi

The Confederation of African Football – CAF, has issued a public response to the delegation from Burkina Faso which has threatened to boycott its opening game against Cameroon.

CAF said in a statement on Saturday January 08, 2022 that “the PCR tests were carried out by an International Independent Medical Laboratory approved by CAF… hence their results cannot be contested.”

The Burkina Faso delegation alleged that Covid-19 tests carried out on their players which found 5 positive cases, did not follow CAF regulations.

“The Covid-19 tests carried out showing 5 of our players test positive do not respect CAF regulations. CAF asks that PCR tests be carried out 48 hours before a match, not anti-hygiene tests like the one carried out. These anti-hygiene tests were done late Friday night between 10 and 11 o’clock after the passing of a first medical team that was not recognized by the CAF. I challenge this and we disagree.” The Burkinabe captain Bertrand Traore, told the press on Saturday.

Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health Dr. Manaouda Malachie said Saturday that CAF was in charge of the testing.

“… the testing of the CAF teams, officials, and delegations is the responsibility of CAF which is using a foreign lab for this purpose,” he tweeted.

According to CAF, a team is eligible to play a fixture if at least 11 players from the squad have tested negative to Covid-19.

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