The Comoros Islands will be without a goalkeeper to take on Cameroon at the African Cup of Nations after their team was hit by a wave of COVID-19 cases at the continental tournament.
Twelve members of the Comoros delegation have tested positive for the virus, including the two remaining goalkeepers in the squad, Moyadh Ousseini and Ali Ahamada, while the team’s top goalie Salim Ben Boina is out injured.
In total, seven players and Comoros coach Amir Abdou have all tested positive.
The tiny island nation’s goalkeeping woes could scupper their progress after a fairytale tournament in which they’ve already stunned four-time African Cup champions Ghana 3-2 in Group C to claim their first victory in a major tournament.
Comoros, who only played their first match in 1979, squeezed through to Monday’s last-16 tie with the hosts as the lowest-ranked of the third-placed teams.
“We try to deal with it the best we can,” said Comoros general manager El Hadad Himidi on Saturday, adding that two physiotherapists working with the team had also tested positive.
“Without the coach, some major players and the two remaining goalkeepers, the situation is quite difficult.”