Why is an outfield player playing in goal for Comoros? Reason AFCON underdogs have no ‘keeper for Cameroon tie

Cameroon are set to host Comoros in the AFCON round of 16 today.

Comoros caused upset last week when their group stage victory over Ghana knocked out the four-time champions.

The debutants will now face hosts Cameroon this evening and have been handed some terrible luck ahead of the clash.

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that Comoros will have to play without a recognised goalkeeper for today’s match - an even tougher situation when you remember they will be up against the tournament’s top scorer, Vincent Aboubakar.

Why will Comoros play without a goalkeeper?

Comoros will be forced to play an outfield player in goal this evening as they are without all three goalkeepers that travelled to Cameroon.

First-choice goalkeeper, Salim Ben Boina, was injured in their final group match against Ghana, making way for Ali Ahamada.

Following the win, the Comorian and also the third-choice goalkeeper Moyadh Ousseini tested positive for Covid-19.

There was hope for Comoros today as Ahamada had since returned a negative test, but the Confederation of African Football has now confirmed he has not ‘fulfilled its protocols’ and won’t be able to face Cameroon.

Caf rules state a player who tests positive for coronavirus must isolate for five days before taking another PCR test 48 hours before his side’s next match.

The Coelacanthes will now be forced to name an outfield player in goal for this evening’s round of 16 clash.

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