The global football governing body (FIFA) has forfeited the 2021 Arab Cup fixture between South Sudan and Jordan.
Below is the statement from the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA)
Following the confirmation of COVID-19 cases among the South Sudan delegation, the FIFA Bureau for Men’s Senior Tournaments has declared the match scheduled to take place this evening against Jordan as part of the FIFA Arab Cup qualifiers a forfeit with a 3-0 win to Jordan. The decision is based on article 5.6 of the competition regulations (“force majeure”) and takes into consideration the need to protect the health of the players and everyone involved in the tournament.
Upon their arrival in Qatar and as per the protocols established by the Qatari Ministry of Health, all delegations were tested for COVID-19. After two rounds of PCR tests, it was confirmed that seven players and one team member of South Sudan were positive, with another five players receiving a reactive test result, which as per the Qatari Ministry of Health, means that these players were likely incubating the virus. Given that another seven players had close contact with those who tested positive, a total of 19 players are currently in isolation. There are no cases presenting severe symptoms and everyone who tested positive is being monitored and receiving the best possible medical care for free through the Qatar national healthcare system.
FIFA and the local organisers deeply regret this unfortunate situation and wish the delegates of South Sudan a speedy recovery.
Following the cancellation of this match all tickets will be refunded.
Protecting the health and safety of everyone involved in the FIFA Arab Cup remains a top priority with a comprehensive programme based on the World Health Organization’s risk-based approach being implemented in coordination with the host country.
It should be noted that South Sudan was invited by FIFA as a guest team to take part in the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup which will be held in Qatar the 2022 , FIFA World Cup host. A number of players and technical officials found COVID_19 positive.
The South Sudan delegation of 41 including players arrived in Qatar on the 19th June 2021 to take on Jordan in the preliminary round of the FIFA Arab Cup 2021.
Goalkeepers; Majak Mawith (1) Port Melbourne SC Australia , Ramadan John (23) Malakia FC Juba South Sudan, Khamis Daniel (13), Atlabara FC Juba, South Sudan
Defenders: Dhata Joseph Stephen (12) Vipers Sports Club Uganda ,Peter Maker Manyang (4) Munuki FC Juba, South Sudan, Toha Rashid (3) Vipers Sports Club Uganda, Mutwakil Abdelkarim (2) Atlabara FC Juba, South Sudan, Omot Sebit (17) Amal Atbara, Sudan, Rehan Angier (10) Munuki FC Juba.
Midfielders: Musa Asad (5) AFC Leopards, Kenya, Stephen Pawar Geng (21) Munuki FC Juba, South Sudan, Gibson Wande Adinho (8), Onduparaka FC, Uganda, Abraham Riel Majok (18) , PEEK FC , Cyprus, Peter Anthony (14), Kator FC Juba, South Sudan, Emmanuel Thomas Lumeri (16), Munuki FC Juba South Sudan, Mandela Malish (18), Atlabara FC Juba South Sudan, Dominic Angelo Korelino, Munuki FC Juba, South Sudan, Chok Danuel Dau, FC Vysočina Jihlava, Czech Republic.
Forwards: Kur Gai Kur (20) Adelaide City FC, Australia, Makueth Wol (22) Mbarara City FC, Uganda , Valentino Kudon Yuel (9) Newcastle Jets FC, Australia, Tito Okello Odong (19),Gor Mahia FC Kenya, John Albino (11), Kator FC Juba, South Sudan.
Ashu Cyprian Besong [Head Coach]
James Ezekiel Ismail Milla [ Assistant Head Coach ]
Narcisse Tinkeu Nguimgou [ Fitness Coach]
Shakir Selim [ Goalkeeping Coach ]
Kwacakwan Theban Ajalong Nyakwan [Team Dr]
Rafael Dominic [Team Dr.]
Juma Jenaro Akono Yuma [Kit Manger]
Lawrence [ Team Manager ]
Mr. Mujahid Ali [ Head of Delegation ]
Abbas Emad [ Coordinator ]
Victor Lawrance Lual [ SSFA SG]