Guinea leave behind three players with Covid-19 as they head to Afcon

07 January 2022 - 16:06 By Reuters
Mikael Dyrestam was left behind to isolate as Guinea left for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Mikael Dyrestam was left behind to isolate as Guinea left for the Africa Cup of Nations.
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Guinea left three players at their training base in Rwanda after they tested positive for coronavirus, while the rest of the delegation departed for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.

The Guinea Football Federation said on Friday that defender Mikael Dyrestam, a former Sweden international who switched allegiance to Guinea, was isolating in accordance with local Covid-19 protocols, together with goalkeeper coach Kemoko Camara, who also tested positive.

Striker Seydouba Soumah was already in isolation after testing positive. Midfielder Morlaye Sylla would have to undergo a new PCR test on Friday and would be allowed to travel if he returned a negative result, the federation added.

The rest of the 27-man squad and staff arrived in Bafoussam on Friday ahead of Sunday’s tournament kickoff.

Guinea play their opening Group B match on Monday against Malawi. They completed their preparations in Kigali on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Rwanda in a friendly, with Liverpool’s Naby Keita scoring one of the goals.


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