80 and 60 percent caps on attendance at AFCON

80 and 60 percent caps on attendance at AFCON
General view of the Africa Cup of Nations Trophy

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jan 06, 2022. 10:00

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has capped attendance at Africa Cup of Nations matches at 80 percent for fixtures involving hosts Cameroon and 60 percent for all other games.

This move has been taken after consultation with the Cameroonian government in regards to concern over the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“Earlier in December [2021], CAF and Cameroon government agreed on strict health protocols that will be followed including the fact that only vaccinated supporters will be allowed inside the match venues,” added the African football governing body in a statement.

“All the parties are still fully committed to the implementation of the agreement including other sanitary protocols that have been adopted.

“CAF will continue to monitor the situation and the evolution of the health conditions and adapt measures if needs be.”

Covid-19 is also taking an effect on the pitch, with several players and coaches returning positive tests as the tournament draws ever closer.

Cape Verde have been particularly hard hit – with six players and coach Bubista among those who have tested positive – while the likes of Saliou Ciss, Mamadou Loum Habib Diallo (all Senegal), Seifeddine Jaziri and Youssef Msakni (both Tunisia) have also been hit by the virus.

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