After five positive COVID-19 antigen test results, Burkina Faso sent a protest letter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations opener against Cameroon.
Bertrand Traoré, captain of the Burkina Faso Football Federation (FBF), called the scenario a “scandal” and demanded explanations from CAF on the organization of the testing regime.
Several members of the Cameroon national team, including head coach Kamou Malo, along with five players and three other officials, all tested positive on Saturday and appear to be ruled out of Sunday’s tournament opener in Yaoundé.
Staff PCR testing 48 hours before each game is mandated by the tournament’s coronavirus policy. This medical team is selected by the African football regulatory body.
Lazare Bansse, president of the Burkinabe Football Federation (FBF), said in a statement to CAF on Saturday that he believed there were many more players in Burkina Faso. Tests that obviously target important players raise real doubts about the credibility of the results.
According to the statement, “After waking our players from sleep, we discovered serious anomalies in the testing technique and the delays of the technicians – approximately 22 hours.” “Unauthorized visitors to our hotel, whom we quickly turned away, were also reported by our staff.
“They arrived without official identity papers. Despite our obvious reservations, we accepted the collection of samples out of respect for CAF.
A new COVID-19 test in an independent laboratory and in front of the team doctors was requested by the president of the FBF.
Despite ESPN’s comments on Friday’s testing and Burkina Faso’s desire for a second round of testing, CAF have yet to respond.
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