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Jordan qualifies for Arab Cup finals as S. Sudan drops out

(Photo: Jordan Football Association)
(Photo: Jordan Football Association)
AMMAN — FIFA on Monday cancelled the scheduled match between Jordan and South Sudan after disqualifying the latter as several players have tested positive for COVID-19. اضافة اعلان

FIFA declared Jordan the default winner of the match with three clean goals, thereby securing the Kingdom’s spot in the Arab Cup final qualifiers.

The international federation’s decision was based on Article (5.6) of the competition bylaws regarding force majeure, taking into account the safety and protection of players and participants.

Jordan will play in Group C, alongside Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the winner of the match between Palestine and Comoros.
After two rounds of testing, organizers confirmed that seven South Sudanese players tested positive for the coronavirus, noting that 12 other players have come in contact with their teammates and are likely to test positive as well. Nineteen players from the South Sudanese delegation are now in quarantine.

In a statement, FIFA expressed their sorrow at the decision, wishing all those infected a swift recovery. FIFA highlighted their emphasis on the health and safety of all players participating in the Arab Cup through a comprehensive program that follows World Health Organization protocols regarding risk assessment.

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