- Chad has withdrawn from the AFCON 2017 qualifier
- The Central Africans cited financial constraints as the reason
- Chad was in group G of the qualifiers
Central African side Chad has withdrawn from the 2017 AFCON qualifier citing financial constraints as their reason.
Chad’s decision comes on the back of the country’s return leg match against Tanzania that was scheduled for March 28 in Dar es Salaam.
According to a statement from the Chad Football Association signed by secretary general Moctar Mahamoud: “As part of our participation in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers for Gabon 2017 and particularly the return match against Tanzania, we bring to your attention that our national team has failed to make it to the return leg game in Dar el Salaam scheduled for March 28.
“Indeed, our country has been affected by the global economic conditions and because of this, our participation in various competitions has taken a serious blow due to financial constraints.
“We wish you all the best and we apologise for this situation which is basically independent of our will.”
The Central Africans lost to the Taifa Stars on Wednesday as the latter registered her first win in the qualification for Africa’s biggest football showpiece.
Chad sit at the bottom of Group G with no point from three losses to Egypt, Nigeria and Tanzania. These results will therefore be nullified according to CAF rules and regulations.
Meanwhile, CAF has since responded to Chad’s withdrawal, announcing how Group G will now pan out while handing the central African country a hefty fine.
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches are organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to decide the participating teams of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, the 31st edition of the international men's football championship of Africa.
A total of 16 teams will qualify to play in the final tournament, including Gabon who qualified automatically as hosts.