Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy positive for virus at Africa Cup |
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) – Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was among a new group of Senegalese players who tested positive for the coronavirus at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Mendy, captain Kalidou Koulibaly and striker Famara Diedhiou gave positive results on Saturday in compulsory tests for the Senegalese team 48 hours before their Africa Cup opener against Zimbabwe, announced the Senegalese Federation. of football.
All three will be excluded from Monday’s game unless subsequent tests prove they were false positives.
Senegal, which are among the favorites for the African Cup title, already had three other players and six members of the team’s management. positive test for virus before the team leaves Dakar for Cameroon on Wednesday.
Mendy’s test positive has raised concerns for Senegal star striker Sadio Mane, who flew to Dakar from Britain with Mendy on a chartered jet. The photographs showed the couple sitting close to each other during the flight without a mask.
Many of the 24 teams preparing to play in the month-long Africa Cup of Nations have been hit by cases of the virus in their squads, although Zimbabwe announced on Sunday that it had no positive results. during his compulsory tests.
The tournament kicks off later Sunday in YaoundÃ©, the capital of Cameroon, with the host team facing Burkina Faso in the opening match. Ethiopia face Cape Verde in the other match of the day.
The Africa Cup was due to be played in early 2021 but has been postponed for a year due to the pandemic. However, he should go ahead a year later with an upsurge in virus cases due to the emergence of the omicron variant.
Host Cameroon have announced cases in their squad in preparation for the tournament and Burkina Faso could miss five players for the opener due to the virus.
Gabon and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is among many other players who tested positive for the virus ahead of the tournament.
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