Algeria women ‘in good condition’ after coup in Sudan before Nations Cup qualifier

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The Algerian football federation (Faf) says its women’s national side is “in a good condition” in Sudan, despite the ongoing coup in the country.

The Algeria squad are in Khartoum ahead of a qualifier for next year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, protecting a 14-0 lead from the first leg.

However, Tuesday’s game on Omdurman has been postponed after Sudan’s military dissolved civilian rule, arrested political leaders and declared a state of emergency on Monday.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) confirmed the match would be rescheduled “in view of the current political situation”.

“Caf is closely monitoring the situation and working towards getting the visiting team and match officials to fly back to their respective countries,” African football’s ruling body said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Algeria’s federation Faf has advised that its delegation is safe in the Sudanese capital in spite of the prevailing uncertainty.

“The Algerian federation is keen to reassure the sporting public that the delegation of the national women’s team, who are currently staying in Khartoum, is in good condition,” Faf said on twitter.

Faf added that it is “working to repatriate” the team, which has been based in its hotel, following the coup.

Algeria’s women are the second African team to be caught up in a coup in as many months after Morocco’s men’s side had to be evacuated from Guinea last month in similar circumstances.

(BBC, 26.10.2021)

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