By The Page
THE penultimate Afcon qualifying match for Cameroon 2022 between hosts Botswana and the Warriors is due in two and half hours’ time in Fancistown, but the Covid-19 results are still not out, increasing anxiety from fans and speculation, The Page can reveal.
The Botswana Football Association President Maclean Letswiti told The Page that they are still waiting for the results whose specimen were taken this morning ahead of tonight match.
“It is true that we had made an arrangement for Zimbabwean team to take all their COVID-19 tests last night at upon their arrival from Johannesburg, but they declined saying they were tired and wanted to rest.
“They only had specimen taken this morning at 0800hrs and because of the turnaround time taken by laboratories, which we do not control, we can not determine the speed. As we speak, we are not sure when they are out but the match in on as scheduled.
“But this anxiety and delays could have been avoided if the Zimbabwean team had agreed to our arrangement, which we thought was the best under the circumstances. We do not control the travel arrangement of teams but work with the itinerary they gave us.
“We had advised their advance party of the arrangement ahead of time and we are not sure why they changed as soon as they arrived. They could have had the tests last night and could have had enough time to rest, waking up even after 0800 or 1000hrs, giving the lab enough time to process the results.
“But this is what it is, we still wait for the results and all we can do is wait,” he told The Page.
The referees for this match are from Burundi while the match commissioner is from Namibia. The match commissioner could not comment on the situation but the match remain scheduled for 1800HRS kick off