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Likuena players urged to train individually

Likuena team manager Rantsubise Matete

March 22, 2020 2 min read

MASERU - Likuena players have been instructed to train individually in order to remain in shape after LeFA released them from camp.

LeFA pulled Likuena out of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021 Cameroon qualifiers against Benin after CAF postponed the fixture due to the prevailing Coronavirus pandemic.
Likuena team manager Rantsubise Matete said like other domestic leagues, Likuena players were given a directive to train on their own in order to maintain their fitness level and shape so that they would be ready once they resume training.
He said no time limit was given for the players as the world at large is still monitoring the Coronavirus situation.
CAF officially postponed the AFCON qualifiers until further notice.
In its statement, CAF said: “As CAF's top priority remains the health and safety of our stakeholders, players, officials, sponsors, broadcasters, employees etc, we have been monitoring closely, together with our medical committee, the impact of the current Coronavirus crisis and accordingly.
“Coronavirus has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Africa, only few cases have been reported, but the situation could evolve negatively, several players, who are supposed to play in the next AFCON Qualifiers, come from countries which have been severely affected by the virus (Europe, Asia).”

It said several African governments have taken strong travel restrictions for people from countries affected by the virus.
Several clubs it further says now refuse to release their players for the next international matches.

 


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“For the above reasons and after studying carefully the current situation, CAF has decided to postpone the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2021qualifier, scheduled from 25 to 31 March 2020.” it said.
It promised to share with member associations a proposal of a new calendar that will be communicated on a second step, according to the evolution of the coronavirus situation.
Likuena were due to leave the country via South Africa on Saturday with a delegation of 20 players plus five officials.
Likuena are in Group L which consists of Nigeria's Super Eagles currently perched at the top of the group while Likuena sit on third place after Benin in second with Sierra Leone at the bottom of the group.

Likuena opened the group encounter with an away 1-1 draw against Leone Stars of Sierra Leone before being crushed 4-2 by the Super Eagles at Setsoto Stadium.
Only group leaders from each group will proceed to the AFCON finals plus the host nation as well as the best losers.


 

   

 

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