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North-Centre African country, Chad have been ruled out of the 2022 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Confederation of African Football on Monday announced that Chad has been disqualified from from 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying Monday.
The country is also on the verge of getting banned by FIFA for the second time.
This is coming following the dissolution of the Chadian National Football Federation by the sports ministry on the 19th of March.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) in a statement on Monday announced that Chad were disqualified from 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers,
The move by the Cairo-based organization follows the unexplained dissolution of the Chadian national football federation by the sports ministry in the central African country.
This is one of the first decisions made by CAF under its new leadership, the South African billionaire, Patrice Motsepe, elected CAF president on 12 March.
“Following the suspension of the Chadian Football Federation by the Chadian Ministry of Youth and Sports, CAF has decided to disqualify the national team of Chad from the qualifiers of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations,” CAF said in a statement. It was not specific about its complaints.
“In line with Article 61 read together with Article 64 of the CAF Regulations, Chad is considered a loser of both matches against Namibia and Mali”, CAF said in a statement.
Chad were already bottom of qualifying Group A.
Namibia and Mali, who were scheduled to play Chad this week in the last two matchdays ahead of the tournament in Cameroon next January, were awarded 3-0 victories.
Mali have already secured a place at the 24-nation finals while Guinea are two points ahead of Namibia in the contest for the other place.
Guinea host Mali in Conakry on Wednesday and a victory will ensure a top-two finish while any other result would keep alive Namibia’s hopes.
The suspension of Chad will not affect 2022 World Cup qualifying in Africa as they have already been eliminated.
See group Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)
Mali 5 4 1 0 10 3 13 – qualify
Guinea 4 2 2 0 6 3 8
Namibia 5 2 0 3 6 6 6
Chad 6 0 1 5 2 12 1
Group winners and runners-up qualify for finals
Going by the FIFA statutes which allow for member federations to be suspended when governments are believed to have interfered in the independence of elected football officials, Chad now risk suspension from world football (https://www.bbc.com/sport/africa/56358912).
The Chadian Football Association had earlier been suspended in 2008 https://www.fifa.com/who-we-are/news/chadian-football-association-suspended-725062
This development is in breach of the principles and Statutes of FIFA article 17, which guarantees the independence of FIFA’s member associations, the same reason Chad was suspended in 2008.