Sunday, 23 January 2022 17:12

Comoros will play without a recognised goalkeeper for last-16 tie with Cameroon.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Africa Cup of Nations giant-killers Comoros will play Monday's last-16 game against hosts Cameroon without a recognised goalkeeper.

Salim Ben Boina was injured in their final Group C match, while fellow keepers Ali Ahamada and Moyadh Ousseini have tested positive for Covid-19.

Confederation of African Football rules for the tournament dictate that teams must play games as long as at least 11 players test negative for the coronavirus.

Comoros goalkeeping coach Jean-Daniel Padovani said an outfield player would go in goal.

"The Coelacanths affected by Covid...include coach Amir Abdou, our only two goalkeepers, Moyadh Ousseini and Ali Ahamada," the federation tweeted two days before an historic match for the Comoros who qualified for the last 16 in their first appearance at the tournament.

The Coelacanths, ranked 132nd in the world, have been hit by a coronavirus outbreak affecteing players and management ahead of their meeting with the Indomitable Lions on Monday (19:00 GMT).

Comoros are playing at the tournament for the first time in their history and reached the knockout stages after beating Ghana 3-2 and finishing third in Group C.