AFCON: Comoros to field outfield player as goalkeeper vs Cameroon after Covid outbreak in squad

Comoros' first-choice goalkeeper Salim Ben Boina is injured and their other two keepers, Ali Ahamada and Moyadh Ousseni, are isolating; watch how Comoros get on vs hosts Cameroon on Monday in the Africa Cup of Nations last 16, live on Sky Sports Premier League; kick off at 7pm

Comoros' head coach Amir Abdou
Image: Comoros' head coach Amir Abdou also has Covid and will miss the game as he isolates

The Comoros Islands will have to use an outfield player in goal against hosts Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations after a Covid outbreak in the squad.

A total of 12 cases have been reported in their camp, the Comoros Football Federation said on Saturday, including their coach and two available goalkeepers ahead of Monday's game, which is live on Sky Sports.

They now face a crisis in goal with first-choice Salim Ben Boina injured and their other two keepers, Ali Ahamada and Moyadh Ousseni, now forced to isolate.

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The Comoros squad's celebrations continued into their changing room after they pulled off a stunning upset to beat Ghana 3-2 at AFCON.

Coach Amir Abdou, who has been in charge for the last eight years and credited for his country's giant-killing run, is now also in quarantine.

The Comoros qualified for the last 16 against all expectations after a shock win over Ghana on Tuesday but now have a major crisis on their hands some 48 hours before the biggest game in their footballing history.

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Highlights of the Africa Cup of Nations Group C match between Ghana and Comoros.

CAF has laid down strict rules regarding COVID-19 at the Cup of Nations finals.

If a player tests positive, they will not be authorised to go to the stadium or participate in the match, while teams must play as long as they have a minimum 11 players available.

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If they have no goalkeeper available, another player must play in that position.

Teams that do not have a minimum of 11 players available will be considered to have lost the match 2-0, according to CAF.

How to follow

Watch Cameroon vs Comoros in the Africa Cup of Nations last 16 on Monday night, live on Sky Sport Premier League; kick-off at 7pm.

Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms.

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