The Gambia canceled its two preparation matches for the Africa Cup of Nations (January 9-February 6 in Cameroon) on Saturday, mainly due to cases of covid-19, the Gambian Football Federation (GFF) announced this Saturday.
“Due to the loss of 16 players, who represent 57% of the 28 summoned, our friendly matches for the CAN against Algeria (January 1) and Syria (January 4) have been canceled”, indicated the GFF in its text .
The casualties are due “to covid, illnesses, injuries and travel restrictions,” Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet said in a message on Facebook.
The CAN is still scheduled on the scheduled dates despite rumors in recent weeks about a postponement or cancellation due to the health situation.
The Algerian team got angry this Saturday after learning about the match to be played on that day in Doha against the Gambia: “The Gambian side decided unilaterally, and a few hours into the game, to cancel the duel on the pretext that that team it has the absence of a doorman. “