Mauritius win protest to join Sierra Leone in Afcon qualifying group

Mauritius win protest to join Sierra Leone in Afcon qualifying group

The Mauritius senior national team have won their protest to join Sierra Leone and others in Group A of the African Cup of Nations 2023 qualifiers.

The MFA says that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has finally communicated its decision following the protest made by the Mauritius Football Association against the Sao-Tomé National team, who went against the CAF Covid-19 regulations during their match against Mauritius in the preliminary round of March 24 2022. 

“Club M will now join Group A of the 2023 Nations Cup qualifiers alongside Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, and Sierra Leone.”

Sao Tome was found guilty and fined 10,00 dollars as CAF granted a score of three goals in favour of Mauritius to ensure they progress on 6-3 aggregate.

As a result, Mauritius will face three-time African champions Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau in the group A race to Ivory Coast 2023.

Mauritius will face Guinea-Bissau in their first match on 9 June before hosting Nigeria four days later.

Their opener will take place in the Moroccan city of Agadir because Guinea-Bissau is one of several African nations that does not have a stadium approved by Caf to host international matches.

Meanwhile, Nigerian Football Federation has named Portuguese coach The Joeé Santos Peseiro as the new Head Coach of the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles. 

The NFF says the appointment is with immediate effect, subject to the signing of agreed terms between the NFF and Mr Peseiro.

Peseiro’s first task will be to lead the Super Eagles for friendlies matches against Mexico and Ecuador ‘A’ Teams in the United State before taking on Sierra Leone in the Afcon 2023 opening qualifier in Abuja.

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