Sao Tome Ruled Out Of 2023 AFCON For Covid-19 Reasons

Sao Tome and Principe striker Luis Leal scored in the 1-0 first leg victory against Mauritius. The second leg, also played in Mauritius in March finished 3-3 as Sao Tome advanced on aggregate to the pool stages.

However, Sao Tome will be kicked out of the qualifiers for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after Luis Leal failed to provide a valid Covid-19 test prior to their preliminary round victory over their opponents.

An appeal by the Mauritians has been upheld by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), who have awarded them the first leg result 3-0.

“The CAF Disciplinary Board found Sao Tome e Principe Football Federation guilty of fielding an ineligible player for the said match and imposed a forfeit of the match played against Mauritius.” CAF said in a statement on Monday.

“Furthermore, the Disciplinary Board has also imposed a fine of $10,000 against the Sao Tome and Principe Football Federation.”

Mauritius take their opponents’ place in Group A of the qualifiers, which also includes Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone. The top two teams advance to next year’s finals in the Ivory Coast.

There will be two rounds of qualifiers each in June, September and March to determine the 24 finalists.

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