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AFCON rules mean outfield players may have to play in goal in event of COVID-19 outbreak - The Athletic

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have released guidance stating that outfield players may have to play in goal in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak...

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have released guidance stating that outfield players may have to play in goal in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Under competition rules, a team only needs 11 available players to fulfill the fixture — regardless of whether that number includes a goalkeeper.

CAF also confirmed that five substitutions will be permitted per match, although they will only have three opportunities to make these changes. The tournament begins in Cameroon on Sunday as the host nation face Burkina Faso.

Several players have tested positive for COVID-19 since arriving for the competition, including Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who captains Gabon.

Senegal, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Tunisia, Malawi, Cape Verde Islands, and Ivory Coast have all also reported cases.

A CAF statement read: “Each team will be permitted to use a maximum of five substitutes.

“To reduce disruption to the match, each team will have a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions during the game; substitutions may also be made at half-time.”

“If the result of the COVID-19 PCR test of any player is positive, such player will not be authorized to go to the stadium or participate in the applicable match.

“A team will be required to play a match if they have a minimum of 11 players available who have tested negative. In the event of the absence of a goalkeeper, another player from the team must replace the goalkeeper, provided the total number of available players is at least eleven.

“A team that does not have a minimum of 11 players available will be considered to have lost the match 0-2.”

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