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Sports News of Monday, 10 June 2019


2019 AFCON: Mali risk disqualification from tournament in Egypt

The Mali national team are at the risk of being disqualified from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

With only a few days to the commencement of the biennial tournament in Egpyt, Fifa is said to have issued an ultimatum to all stakeholders in Mali ahead of their general meeting scheduled for Saturday, June 15.

The world football governing body has warned that if there are no amicable solutions to the crisis plaguing the Malian Federation, the country may be suspended at all levels.

Since December 2017, the Mali Federation has been under the tutelage of a standardisation committee put in place to draft new statutes within the Federation, and to reorganise current affairs.

Unfortunately, very little has been achieved as far as these two missions are concerned.

Fifa’s director of development for Africa and the Caribbean, Veron Mosengo-Omba via his official twitter handle revealed the stance of the world football governing body's president Gianni Infantino on the Mali crisis.

"Fifa President Gianni Infantino is clear: if the GA of June 15 turns into a fiasco, the competent bodies of Fifa may suspend Mali. This sentiment is echoed by the president of Caf, Mali risks being suspended from the CAN, which begins on June 21..." Omba wrote before adding that Infantino" will not allow few people to take Malian football hostage."

The potential disqualification of Mali could lead to the disruption of the smooth running of Group E at the Afcon in Egypt with Angola, Mauritania and Tunisia left to compete in a three-man group.

Caf may also consider other options ,which include allowing the third-placed team (Gabon) during the qualifiers in Mali's group to come in as a replacement, or grant the vacant place to the best third-placed team, Burkina Faso.

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