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AFCON: Senegal plunged into Covid chaos just days ahead of opener as nine players and staff test positive for the virus.

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The Senegalese national team has been thrown into chaos after nine members of their group, including three players, reportedly tested positive for Covid-19.

The squad were due to leave Dakar for their base in Cameroon on Tuesday, but it has been confirmed that the journey has now been delayed in the wake of the positive tests.

According to Mail Online, nine of the travelling party returned positive results, with Leicester’s Nampalys Mendy among three players to have caught the virus. Pape Sarr – on loan at Metz from Tottenham and Mame Thiam of Kayserispor in Turkey are the other two.

Senegal’s opening match of the tournament is on Monday against Zimbabwe in Bafoussam, before they face Guinea and Malawi.

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