Benin's Afcon qualifier against Equatorial Guinea postponed
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Benin and Equatorial Guinea has been postponed by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) following a decision by Fifa's council to conditionally lift a ban on Benin.
The Group C match was originally scheduled to be played in Cotonou on Sunday 5 June.
Caf confirmed that the qualifier would now be played on Sunday 12 June, only if elections for a new Benin Football Federation (FBF) Executive Committee are held "no later than 11 June 2016."
|Group C of 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying:|
|As it stands after four matches:||If Benin are disqualified:|
|Mali - 10 points||Mali - 9 points from 3 matches|
|Benin - 8 points||South Sudan - 3 points from 2 matches|
|South Sudan - 3 points||Eq Guinea - 0 points from 3 matches|
|Eq Guinea - 1 point (eliminated)|
Fifa suspended the FBF from global football after a court ruling in the country blocked upcoming elections.
Benin's minister of sport Oswald Homeky said: "We are still in discussions with the protagonists of the crisis in the football federation. We remain hopeful."
A Squirrels squad had been in Cotonou training for the match while the already eliminated Equatorial Guinea cancelled a friendly against Uzbekistan in Tashkent on Thursday, because of the qualifier.
The Equatorial Guinea Football Federation said they were hopeful that they could re-organise the friendly against Uzbekistan as soon as possible.
Benin are currently the best second-placed side in the competition with eight points.
They are two points behind Mali who play South Sudan on Saturday in the other match in the group.