President of the Cameroonian Football Federation [FECAFOOT] – Samuel Eto’o Fils has rubbished reports which seem to suggest that the host nation are manupulating the result of covid-19 tests at the ongoing 2021 African Cup of Nations to their advantage.

Despite setting and coming out with COVID-19 guidelines prior to the start of the competition, COVID-19 tests and its results nonetheless has become one of the major topics at the 2021 AFCON, denting the image of the tournament to some extent.

For instance, as many as twelve [12] players and official of the Tunisia national team were tested positive. Senegal also suffered similar fate when eleven [11] of their players were tested positive prior to their game against Zimbabwe.

In all these, the straw that broke the Camel’s back, however, was when twelve [12] players of the Comoros team including their head coach – Amir Abdou and two available goalkeepers – Ali Ahamada and Moyadh Ousseni were all tested positive ahead of their Round of 16 game against Cameroon.

The Comoros scenario raised lot of eyebrows with some conspirators raising accusing fingers at Cameroon, but Samuel Eto’o has rubbished those claims.

“I have never accepted cheating, I will not accept it, the agency chosen to do the covid tests is 100% under the control of CAF,” Eto’o regarded as one of the greatest African players of all-time said.

“Cameroonian government does not manage covid tests, I humbly wish that my country is respected,” the former FC Barcelona striker added.

Below is CAF’s guidelines on affected COVID-19 teams prior to the start of the competition:

Minimum number of players in case of a team affected by COVID-19

If the result of the Covid-19 PCR test of any player is positive, such player will not be authorized to go to the stadium or participate in the applicable match.

A team will be required to play a match if they have a minimum of eleven (11) players available who have tested negative. In the event of the absence of a goalkeeper, another player from the team must replace the goalkeeper, provided the total number of available players is at least eleven.

A team that does not have a minimum of eleven (11) players available will be considered to have lost the match 0-2.

In exceptional cases, the Organizing Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations will take the appropriate decision.

By James K. Attaglo Wilson