South Sudan petition CAF over mistreatment in Tunisia

By Agencies

MirrorSportAfrica, Tunis

The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) has petitioned the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) over the mistreatment of their U-23 team in Tunisia.

South Sudan’s U-23 team traveled to Tunisia on Thursday for the return leg of the U-23 Afcon 2019/2020 Olympic Games qualifier to be played on Sunday in the town of Ben Gardane.

The team arrived on Friday only to spend eight hours at the Airport in Tunis before the Tunisian FA facilitated them to get visas. “We have written to CAF about the mistreatment we have received here because we think this is unfair,” the SSFA Media Officer Daniel Gabriel told mirrorsportafrica.

Gabriel said after getting the visas late on Friday, the Tunisian FA wanted to transport the South Sudan U-23 team in two batches on the plane to Ben Gardane. “We rejected that idea because they were trying to get the players tired. We have had to travel on Saturday morning,” added Gabriel.

“The SSFA regrets to inform the general public that per the MOU signed with Tunisia FA concerning the facilitation of necessary procedures for either of two parties, the host of the match will help in facilitation of Visa on arrival and timely transfer of the visiting team to their proposed hotel; this has not been the case with Tunisia unlike the services rendered to them in Juba,” explained the Media officer.

The final round of the qualifiers to be held from June 3-11 to determine seven teams to join hosts Egypt.

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