Confederation for African Football (CAF), has awarded Ghana, Madagascar and Sudan three points following Morocco’s withdrawal from the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Algeria.
CAF decided that Morocco should lose all three group games 3-0 so Ghana, Madagascar and Sudan who are in Group C each received three goals.
Morocco withdrew from the tournament after being refused a direct flight by host nation Algeria due to diplomatic tensions between the two countries.
The defending champions failed to show up in Morocco after Strained relations between Algeria and Morocco have soured since the government in Algiers cut diplomatic ties with Rabat in 2021. Algeria accused Morocco of “hostile acts” after a string of diplomatic incidents and the collapse of a 30-year ceasefire in the Sahara, a key point of tension between the two countries.
Rabat considers the former Spanish colony in the Sahara region an integral part of its kingdom, a view supported by the majority of Arab states.
But Algeria backs an armed independence movement that has waged an insurgency against the government for decades.
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI in November invited Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune for talks in Rabat to end the tensions after he did not attend the first Arab League summit in three years hosted by Algeria.