Sierra Leone won thanks to a penalty converted in the 19th minute by Kei Kamara. Steals Benin from the goal difference for second place in Group L, well behind Nigeria, after a meeting that was postponed twice due to positive tests for Covid-19.
Scenes of joy erupted in the final whistle in the streets of the capital Sierra Leone, Freetown, and among the supporters who went missing at Lansana Conté Stadium in Conakry, the capital of Guinea where the match was relocated and played behind closed doors. after many adventures.
The doubt remained until the end of the meeting between the second and third of group L.
Originally scheduled for March and postponed after the Covid-19 imbroglio, the game was due to be played Monday afternoon at Conakry.
But it was postponed until Tuesday after the announcement, shortly before the start and in great confusion, that six players from Sierra Leone and two members of the management had tested positive for the coronavirus.
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The decision was then made to conduct new examinations on Monday afternoon, with a new medical team and a new laboratory.
The tests of five of the six players returned positive on Tuesday morning, the official of the Sierra delegation Leone Babadi Camara told AFP. Goalkeeper test returned negative.
In March in Sierra Leone, the match had not taken place after the announcement, at the last minute and under unclear circumstances, of five positive cases between the “Squirrels” of Benin. The Beninians had challenged.
The Sierra Leonean federation has accused Benin of refusing to play.
CAF had rescheduled the match in June.
Sierra Leone needed a victory to qualify.