DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge tests positive for Covid-19

Democratic Republic of the Congo's coach Florent Ibenge attends the 2015 African Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ivory Coast in Bata on February 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

There is significant news on Friday with an update that DR Congo national football team coach Florent Ibenge has tested positive for Covid-19.

The AS Vita trainer confirmed via his social media handle in a recorded video confirming his Covid-19 status.

Ibenge and 4 other players have had to withdraw: the main goalkeeper Ley Matampi, was replaced with Guy-Serge Mukumi Mulamba as well as the defender Andy Bikoko and the defensive midfielder Doxa Gikanji.

The current Coronavirus pandemic has led to many changes by the CAF. A decree was issued that contravened the previous tournament like for instance accommodation will be one hotel, one team and one room to host only a person. No room sharing as it was before.

CAF further directed that organisers can allow spectators at matches but in strict compliance of anti-Covid-19 measures. Cameroon’s sportsSports and Physical Education Minister, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, said that stadia will have at least “25 per centpercent of stadia filled by fans.

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