Mauritius absent as CAF reinstate Sao Tome in the Nigerian group

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reinstated Sao Tome and Principe in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers following an appeal against Mauritius.

It was announced in a statement on the federation website on Wednesday.

The Falcons and True Parrots squad will now join Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau in Group A of the AFCON 2023 qualifiers in Ivory Coast.

Sao Tome had won the preliminary match 4-3 on aggregate against Mauritius, but the losing team took the matter to CAF.

Maurice complained that Sao Tome’s Luis Leal didn’t follow CAF’s COVID-19 protocol.

They added that the Bolivia-based striker, who scored the only goal in the first leg of the tie, was not eligible to play against them as his PCR test dated more than 72 hours before the game, breaking protocol. of the CAF according to which the tests must be from 48 hours.

In a first judgment last month, the CAF Disciplinary Board confirmed The call of Mauritius, granting the country a work-over for the first match of the meeting.

However, in the latest decision, the CAF appeal committee declared that “the result of the match between Mauritius and São Tomé and Príncipe is ratified and validated”.

He added that “the appeal of the São Tomé and Príncipe Football Association is upheld and the decision of the CAF Disciplinary Board is annulled in its entirety”.

“The São Tomé and Príncipe Football Association has taken the decision of the CAF Disciplinary Board (May 8, 2022) to cancel the results of their match against Mauritius in the preliminary qualifiers for the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations disputed on March 24, 2022, after review with CAF Conseil Appeals,” the statement read.

“After hearing the presentations of both parties, the CAF Appeal Committee ruled that: The appeal of the Football Association of São Tomé and Príncipe is considered admissible in form. The São Tomé and Príncipe Football Association’s appeal is granted and the decision of the CAF Disciplinary Board is annulled in its entirety.

“The result of the match between Mauritius and São Tomé and Príncipe is ratified and validated. The São Tomé and Príncipe Football Association will be reimbursed for appeal costs.

The Eagles, who are currently touring the United States, are set to start the AFCON qualifiers on June 9 when they host Sierra Leone at the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja behind closed doors.

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