The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has modified the minimum number of players to start a match in case of COVID 19 positive cases before the start of a match.
This is referenced to a CAF circular letter dated Sunday, November 8, 2020 indicating that if a team does not have the minimum number of players (11 players including 1 goalkeeper + 4 substitutes), the team would be considered to have lost the match 2- 0.
At a CAF Executive Committee meeting held in Yaoundé on Friday, January 15, 2021, the Committee decided to modify the above provisions “to allow a team that has 11 available players to play the match. In case there is no goalkeeper, another player can replace the goalkeeper on condition that the total number of players on the pitch is 11.
Last week, Asante Kotoko were disqualified from playing their CAF Champions League game against Al Hilal in Omdurman after seven of their players were said to have tested positive for COVID-19.
Per the new directive, even though Kotoko had some of their players disqualified, they could still have played the game once they were able to raise a team of 11 players.
According to the new directive, even if the team constitute 11players without a goalkeeper and an outfield player could serve as a goalkeeper, they can still be allowed to play.
“To allow a team that have 11 available players to play the match, in case there is no goalkeeper, another player can replace the goalkeeper on condition that the total number of players on the pitch is 11.
“If a team does not have the minimum number of 11 players to play a match, the team will be considered to have lost the match 2-0”, the statement added.