Cameroon and DR Congo are flexing their muscles a few hours before the CHAN quarter-final game after 13 Congolese players allegedly tested positive for COVID-19.
Yesterday, the DR Congo team was informed that 13 of its delegation members, as well as the 7 who previously tested positive, 20 were tested positive and therefore cannot participate in the game.
Congolese have denied these results and accused their opponent of falsifying these tests.
A second independent test was approved prior to the encounter between the two teams.
The COVID-19 results tonight showed that 13 Congolese players tested positive ahead of their quarter-final against hosts Cameroon tomorrow.
The 🇨🇩 camp has challenged these results and the CAF emergency committee has approved the ongoing tests. # CHAN2020 pic.twitter.com/o97Qrot3nJ
– Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) January 29, 2021
The request for a second test was accepted by the CAF’s emergency committee, which ordered more tests in another laboratory on Friday evening.
The Congolese accuse host country Cameroon of manipulating the results and arming COVID-19 against their opponent.
They claim that some tests showed positive results while others showed complicated results, neither positive nor negative, so they called for an independent laboratory test.
The results of the second test exercise were not yet available at the time of going to press. The game, which is expected to start at 8 p.m. local time, may have to be postponed if the results are not published by then.