Senegal’s Koulibaly tests positive for Covid-19 at Africa Cup of Nations

The Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the Serie A club said on Saturday.

Senegal are scheduled to open their campaign in a Group B encounter against Zimbabwe on Monday.

Malawi’s manager Mario Marinica (right) with the FA president Walter Nyamilandu (left) and executive committee member Chimango Munthali.

“Kalidou Koulibaly has tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Senegal. The defender, who is vaccinated and asymptomatic, is now in self-isolation as per protocol,” a Napoli statement said.

Senegal were scheduled to depart Dakar on Wednesday but their journey was delayed for retesting of the squad after positive cases for the midfielders Pape Matar Sarr and Nampalys Mendy and the striker Mame Thiam.

The Senegal Football Federation general secretary, Victor Seh Cissé, later said that a further six staff members had also tested positive.

On Thursday, the Gabon captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and his teammate Mario Lemina returned positive results when tested on arrival at Yaoundé’s airport, putting their participation in the tournament in doubt

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