Burkina Faso Calls For Transparency In COVID-19 Testing

By Etienne Mainimo

Team officials of the Burkina Faso’s national football team have called on authorities of the Confederation of African Football, CAF to do everything possible to ensure transparency as far as COVID-19 testing is done. 

The Deputy Coach, Firmin Sanou and Team Captain, Bertrand Troare made the statement during a pre-match press conference as the team prepares towards confronting Cameroon in the opening game of the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of nations, AFCON on January 9 in Yaounde.

The statement came on the heels of alleged manipulation of results.  
Firmin Sanou said, “…The protocol for COVID test was not respected because we had our test at 11pm last night instead of 48 hours as it is supposed to be. It is unacceptable and we want to know why they were two health teams that came to our hotel.”

Taking the floor, Bertrand Troare said, “We can’t be told at the eve of our match that some of our players will not take part in the match. It is unacceptable and we were told that the of the two health team that came to our hotel, one was not from CAF. The authorities need to rethink and see into the organization of this. There must be transparency.”

“if a group want to come and do the test, it must be from CAF and must be transparent for everything to be clear,” he added.

Burkina Faso have filed an official complain to CAF. Meanwhile Cameroon Health Minister, Manaouda Malachie has reacted saying CAF is responsible for testing teams and officials.