- CAF took the drastic decision over claims Chad's football management was being micromanaged
- The Chadian government, through the ministry of Youth and Sports disbanded the nation's football federation
- The move did not augur well with CAF, with the continental football governing body announcing Les Sao are now out of the 2022 AFCON Qualifiers
- Chad were scheduled to take on Mali and Namibia in two of their remaining Group A matches this week
Chad have been dealt a massive football blow after being disqualified from the remainder of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
The Confederation of African Football announced the development on Monday, March 22, revealing the move was made due to external interference of football management in the country by the Chad government.
Earlier in March, the Chadian government, through the ministry of Youth and Sports disbanded the nation's football federation over concerns on how it was managing football.
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The move did not go down well with Caf, with the continental football governing body accusing the state of micromanaging football affairs in the West African country.
In a statement by CAF, Les Sao will now not play their fixtures against Namibia and Mali that were lined up for this week.
Instead, their two opponents will be handed a walkover of 3-0 scorelines as per CAF guidelines on disqualification of countries.
“Following the withdrawal of the FTF's approval by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Chad, Caf has decided to disqualify the Chad national team from the qualifiers for the Total Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021,” Caf said in a statement.
“Consequently, scheduled qualifier matches between Namibia (match 106) and Mali (match 130) for Total Afcon 2021 are canceled. In line with Article 61 read together with Article 64 of the Caf Regulations, Chad is considered a loser of both matches against Namibia and Mali," the statement added.
CAF's decision notwithstanding, Chad were already out of running for a slot in the tournament's finals in Cameroon slated for early 2022.
Guinea were the other side pooled with Chad in Group A of the qualifiers.
Mali, who have all but qualified top the charts with 13 points, five above second-placed Mali.
Namibia are placed third with six points, with Chad bottom with just a point from four rounds of matches.
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