A general view of the official ball of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 is seen in the press room in Yaounde on January 8, 2022. AFP
Even if there is no goalkeeper available, an outfield player must play in goal to fulfil a fixture, provided there is a total of 11 players.
``A team that does not have a minimum of 11 players available will be considered to have lost the match 0-2,'' the Confederation of African Football said in an update of their COVID-19 regulations that was released on Saturday.
Organizers say, however, they are within their rights to ``take the appropriate decision'' in ``exceptional cases.''
Many squads have been affected by coronavirus cases in the buildup to the tournament in Cameroon that starts on Sunday.
CAF also confirmed teams will be able to make five substitutions per match during the tournament.
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