Having a futuristic instinct that national teams may miss games in the AFCON qualifiers due to Covid-19 fears, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released guidelines to further put participating nations in check.
According to the new guidelines by CAF, any national team unable to play in the upcoming qualifying matches is considered to have lost the game by 2-0.
The guidelines also says that if a team is unable to field the 11 players and 4 substitutes required to prosecute a game, then it has lost the game by 2-0.
The recent development is in line with concerns raised by national team coaches and managers on their inability to get players especially those that ply their trade with European clubs to play in Africa for the fear of contracting Covid-19.
All matches in the qualifying series will be played behind closed doors, but National team FA’s can request permission to allow fans in.