Four players in the camp of Mali will miss the friendly encounter against Ghana after testing positive for Covid-19.
Ahead of Friday’s friendly against neighbours Ghana, it was widely reported that four Mali players had tested positive for Covid-19 in Turkey which is the venue for game.
The four players are reported to be Molla Wague, Hamidou Traore, Aly Yirango and Aboubacar ‘Kiki’ Kouyate.
The unfortunate news means that the said players who have been in camp with the rest of the 27 players since the team converged at their camping base in Antalya on Monday won’t feature in the game.
This comes as a huge blow to coach Mohammed Mogassouba as he is building a young team for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Meanwhile, the quartet have however been placed in isolation.
Ghana coach CK Akonnor on the other hand will be missing the services of Jeffrey Schlupp, Kudus Mohammed, Lumor Agbenyenu, Richard Ofori and John Antwi for the match.
Schlupp and Kudus are suffering from injuries hence their absence while the rest could not secure visas.
In view of that, Akonnor has replaced them with Enock Kwateng, Caleb Ekuban, Tariqe Fosu and Joseph Paintsil.
The Black Stars engage 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar on Monday, October 12.
Le médecin de l’équipe nationale fait le point sur les 4 cas positifs lors du regroupement des aigles. Je souhaite une bonne guérison à nos 4 joueurs. pic.twitter.com/Bc7j2qxAn4
— Mamoutou TOURE « Bavieux » (@BavieuxToure) October 8, 2020