By Anthony Kokoi
Chad progressed to the group stage of the qualifiers after eliminating Liberia 5-4 on penalties shootout
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Monday disqualified Chad from the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers following the suspension of the Chadian Football Federation by the Chadian Ministry of Youth and Sports.
According to Reuters News Agency, the Chadian Ministry of Youth and Sports stripped the country’s football federation of its powers on March 10, following concerns over the way it was being run and a breakdown in communication, and will now likely also face 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, March 24, and travel away to Mali at the weekend, but CAF has decided to disqualify the Chadian national team from the qualifiers.
Consequently, the scheduled qualifier matches between Namibia (match 106) and Mali (match 130) for Total AFCON 2021 are canceled.
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 with a scoreline awarded to their opponents, CAF confirmed on Monday.
Mali, which have already qualified, are top of the group with 13 points, followed by Guinea ( 8pts from four games) and Namibia with six points from five games.
Chad progressed to the group stage of the qualifiers after eliminating Liberia 5-4 on penalties shootout at the Stade Nacional, the home ground of the Chadian national team. The match went into a penalties shootout after Chad defeated Liberia 1-0 in the second leg to level the aggregate 1-1.
Source Daily Observer.