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29 January 2022President of the Cameroonian Football Federation, Samuel Eto’o, says the Confederation of African Football should be held responsible for the doubts raised over COVID-19 protocols at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations tournament, which has had several players the test positive prior to games, Saturday PUNCH reports.

Ethiopia, Comoros, Cape Verde, Tunisia, Senegal and Burkina Faso are some of the teams that have had cases of COVID-19 prior to games at the tournament, which sparked reactions.Burkina Faso issued a formal letter of complaint to CAF after they returned five positive COVID-19 antigen tests on the eve of their opener against hosts Cameroon, with their captain Bertrand Traore labelling it a “scandal.”

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Published 29 January 2022 President of the Cameroonian Football Federation, Samuel Eto’o, says the Confederation of African Football should be held responsible for the doubts raised over COVID-19 protocols at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations tournament, which has had several players the test positive prior to games, Saturday PUNCH reports. Ethiopia, Comoros, Cape Verde, Tunisia, Senegal and Burkina Faso are some of the teams that have had cases of COVID-19 prior to games at the tournament, which sparked reactions. Burkina Faso issued a formal letter of complaint to CAF after they returned five positive COVID-19 antigen tests on the eve of their opener against hosts Cameroon, with their captain Bertrand Traore labelling it a “scandal.” However, former Barcelona and Chelsea striker Eto’o absolved FECAFOOT and the government of Cameroon of any blame. Rather, he said the agency carrying out the COVID-19 testing was provided by CAF 100 per cent after UEFA’s suggestion. “The general agency for COVID-19 testing was provided by CAF 100 per cent,” Eto’o said in a radio interview on Balafon 90.3FM in Yaoundé monitored by our correspondent. “You will recall that when there was a debate on whether to go ahead with the tournament our European partners (UEFA) said we (CAF) should bring an agency to guarantee the players are well looked after in Africa and they will not have problems when they return to Europe. “I was opposed because we can trust in our own agency.” Eto’o added that the Indomitable Lions had an extra motivation to win the AFCON amid a deadly stampede at the Olembe Stadium last Monday. Eight people died in the stampede with no fewer than 38 reported injured prior to Cameroon’s Round of 16 game against Comoros at Olembe Stadium, Yaoundé. Read Also