Comoros to play without proper 'keeper

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Comoros will have to play their all-important Africa Cup of Nation's round of 16 tie against Cameroon on Monday night with an outfield player as their goalkeeper.

This comes after a Covid-19 outbreak reportedly depleted the nation's squad.  

First-choice shot-stopper Salim Ben Boina was injured during the team's final Group C match, while fellow goalkeepers Ali Ahamada and Moyadh Ousseini had tested positive for the coronavirus late last week. 

The Comoros Football Federation confirmed on the weekend that a total of 12 cases had been reported in their camp ahead of the crunch tie. 

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Defenders Kassim Abdallah and Alexis Souahy, midfielders Nakibou Aboubakari and Yacine Bourhane, and forward Mohamed M'Changama are also reportedly ruled out of the game, while head coach Amir Abdou also tested positive for Covid-19. 

Although shot-stopper Ahamada tested negative following a further test on Monday, he has not isolated long enough to be allowed to play.

This could prove a bitter blow for the Coelacanths, who earned a place in the knockout stage after beating Ghana 3-2 in their final Group C match.   

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Despite a significant number of players missing the tie, tournament rules state that teams must play if they have 11 fit players available. 

Comoros goalkeeping coach Jean-Daniel Padovani confirmed on the weekend that the side had already identified an outfield player who will go in goal for the match against Cameroon. 

"We have already chosen an outfield player who will start as a goalkeeper," Padovani said, per GhanaGuardian.

"He is a player who, during training, showed that he could play as a goalkeeper."

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