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The match between Sierra Leone and Benin, decisive for qualifying for the CAN, did not go as planned on Tuesday. The Beninese questioned the six positive cases detected in its workforce and refused to play the match. The Beninese side Emmanuel Imorou recounts the events from the inside for France 24. </p><div> <p>The CAN always offers its share of twists, on and off the field. For the sixth day of the African Cup qualifiers, these came from the match between Sierra Leone and Benin, which should have been played Tuesday, March 30 at the Freetown stadium. He never debuted.
The delegation of the Squirrels of Benin was unhappy after several positive cases were detected in its team shortly before the match, including the best elements Steve Mounié or Jodel Dossou.
The federation is suspicious as to the timing of the announcement and its veracity: “We were tested on Saturday evening in Cotonou, 72 hours before the match, as per protocol. On our delegation of 80 people, we had zero negatives. We were tested. traveled on Sunday and was retested here. And there, five positive cases, five of our holders … All announced after we unveiled our composition “, says Emmanuel Imorou, side of Benin, joined by France 24.” Except that in protocols, they are supposed to announce the results 6 hours before the start of the match … ”
“They announced it on plain paper … with the names of the positive players written in a pen,” he laughs.
Under these conditions, the team, coached by Frenchman Michel Dussuyer, arrived at the Freetown stadium but refused to get off the bus. Emmanuel Imorou posted on Twitter images from the Beninese bus, show the vehicle blocked by the crowd:
“We never got off the bus. It’s Knysna bis!”, Laughs the former Caennais. “We stayed for about three hours and then we went back to the hotel. There, it was a bit tense between the two camps.”
In a tweet, the Beninese federation called the events “shameful for African football” and called on the African Football Confederation (CAF) to take responsibility.
A shame for African football what is currently happening, we hope the @CAF_Online will take its responsibilities and especially the measures at the end of the discussions. We will keep you informed, very quickly on the holding or not of this match.
– Benin Football Federation (FBF) 🇧🇯🐿⚽️ (@Benin_FBF) March 30, 2021