Benin's Afcon qualifier against Equatorial Guinea postponed

By Nick CavellBBC Africa sport
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Fifa's council can readmit Benin to global football

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,external-link 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 pointsMali - 9 points from 3 matches
Benin - 8 pointsSouth Sudan - 3 points from 2 matches
South Sudan - 3 pointsEq 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.

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