Afcon 2021 surprise package Comoros have been hit by the disciplinary hammer of Confederation of African Football [CAF] for a range of offences committed during their mind-blowing run at the competition.
The island Nation won the heart of many with a brilliant performances firstly pulling out a Rabbit from their heart when they made it through to the knockouts edging four-time champions Ghana 3-2.
This was followed by another scintillating display against hosts Cameroon where they played for 83 minutes with 10 men after being reduced in the seventh minute due to a red card. They lost the game 2-1 despite the fact that they had an outfield player in Chaker Alhadur a left-back in goal.
Despite all these antics in Cameroon, the top football governing body in Africa have fined the Coelacanths for a number of offences which include breach of Covid-19 protocols, insults directed at CAF officials and disrespectful behavior of some of their backroom staff.
These were explained in a statement released by the body which states:
“The Comoros team have been charged with repeatedly displaying irresponsible behavior, including grossly breaching Covid-19 protocols and forcing access to dressing rooms.”
“The match officials’ report mentions insults directed at CAF officials, and the disrespectful behavior of goalkeeping coach Jean-Daniel Noel Patrice Padovani. The Comoros team was also accused of causing a two-minute delay to kick-off after their player left the dressing room wearing a shirt with a number that was not his.”
The governing body of African football continued in its document.
The fines are up to 10,000 dollars (5,891,302 FCFA) fine “for non-compliance with the COVID-19 protocol required by CAF”, a penalty of 5,000 dollars (2,946,036 FCFA) “for failure to respect the jersey numbers already registered in the CMS system by the player”, and finally a fine of 2,000 dollars (1,178,466 FCFA) “for the delay caused by the players.”
This makes a total of 17,000 dollars (10,016,961 FCFA) in penalties.
Although it came at a cost, Comoros’ performance at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon will be remembered for years to come.