Following five positive COVID-19 antigen test results, Burkina Faso have sent a letter of protest to the African Football Confederation (CAF) in advance of their Africa Cup of Nations opening against Cameroon.
Bertrand Traore, the Burkina Faso Football Federation’s (FBF) captain, has referred to the scenario as a “scandal” and has requested explanations from CAF over the arrangement of the testing regime.
Several members of the Cameroon national team, including head coach Kamou Malo, as well as five players and three other officials, all tested positive on Saturday and look to be ruled out of Sunday’s tournament opening in Yaounde.
Staff PCR testing 48 hours before to each match is mandated by the tournament’s coronavirus policy. This medical team is selected by African football’s regulatory body.
Lazare Bansse, head of the Burkina Faso Football Federation (FBF), stated in a statement addressed to CAF on Saturday that he believes that there are many more players in Burkina Faso. Tests that obviously target important players raise genuine doubts about the results’ credibility.
According to the statement, “After rousing our players from sleep, we discovered severe abnormalities in the test technique and the delayed timings of technicians — approximately 10pm.” “Unauthorized visitors to our hotel, whom we promptly turned away, were also reported by our staff.
“They arrived without any formal identity documents. Despite our evident reservations, we agreed to the collecting of samples from respect for CAF.”
Re-testing COVID-19 at an independent lab and in front of the team’s physicians has been requested by the FBF president.
Despite ESPN’s seeking comment on Friday’s testing & Burkina Faso’s desire for a second round of testing, CAF has yet to answer.