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UNIFFAC: Chad throws in the towel, opening game cancelled

The U20 National team of Chad will not be taking part in the UNIFFAC tournament as initially planned. The competition kick-off in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea this Tuesday December 15, and Chad’s U20 National team was scheduled to take on host Equatorial Guinea, in the tournaments opener.

According to a communiqué from the competitions organizers, Chad has officially pulled out of the competition.

“The tournament will ultimately be played with 5 countries.
Due to the absence of Chad which in the last minutes withdrew from competition in Malabo. To this end, the program for the inaugural day has been revised. It is
A single match which will serve as the opening match of the zonal tournament, it will oppose Cameroon to the DR Congo at the Malabo stadium at 4.30 p.m., a match counting for the first day of group B”, read a communiqué from the organizers.

This means the Cameroon vs DR Congo game in group B, that was supposed to be the second game of the day, will now be considered as the competitions opener.

Coach Ousmanou Christophe and his U20 lions lions who arrived Malabo on Monday evening, will clash with their Congolese counterparts at the Estadio de Malabo as from 4:30pm.

Chad’s withdrawal means just five teams are now left in the competition, with just Equatorial Guinea and Central African Republic to feature in Group A. Cameroon, DR Congo and Congo Republic will fight for the top spot in group B.

All the games will be played behind closed doors, with strict respect to Covid-19 barrier measures.

The zonal tournament serves as qualifiers for the U-20 Africa Cup of nations scheduled for Mauritania next year.

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Afeseh Apong

Afeseh Apong is a graduate of the Advanced School of Mass Communication, ASMAC, and is currently Team press officer of PWD Bamenda

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