Covid-affected Senegal delay Cup of Nations departure

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The Senegal squad delayed their departure for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon after three players tested positive for Covid-19, the sports ministry told AFP. Covid-affected Senegal delay Cup of Nations departureThe Senegal squad delayed their departure for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon after three players tested positive for Covid-19, the sports ministry told AFP.

The Teranga Lions, who are favoured to finally win the continental crown after two runners-up spots, were meant to fly out on Tuesday but put it back to Wednesday.

The trio of players have been placed in quarantine.

“There are at least three cases: Saliou Ciss, (Mamadou) Loum Ndiaye and Habib Diallo,” an official at the Senegalese Ministry of Sport told AFP.

“There are other suspected cases too.”

The squad had been hosted by Senegal President Macky Sall on Tuesday who had called on them to “bring us the cup.”

Senegal’s challenge, led by Liverpool forward Sadio Mane and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, begins against Zimbabwe on January 10, followed by further Group B matches against Guinea and Malawi.

The biennial showpiece was given the go-ahead only last month despite fears over Covid and with European clubs threatening to prevent their players from going.

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