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CAF has disqualified Chad from the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers due to political involvement in their football federation.

Chad were playing in Group A alongside Mali, Guinea and Namibia. After four match days, Mali tops the group on 10 points, followed by Guinea (8 points) and Namibia (3 points). Chad were trailing the group on one point.

They will no longer play their upcoming matches against Namibia and Mali. Instead, 3-0 victories will automatically be given to those opponents.

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“In line with Article 61 read together with Article 64 of the CAF Regulations, Chad is considered a loser of both matches against Namibia and Mali,” the Caf statement read.

The decision comes after Chad’s Football Federation was suspended by the country’s Ministry of Youth and Sports.

“Following the suspension of the Chadian Football Federation by the Chadian Ministry of Youth and Sports, Caf has decided to disqualify the national team of Chad from the qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations 2021,” a Caf statement said.

Mali, now already qualified, leads Group A with 13 points from five matches, with Guinea second on eight points from four games.

Guinea host Mali on Wednesday and will qualify for the finals with a win, but any other result will see them travel to Namibia for a qualification decider on Sunday.