Mali are currently facing a huge blow and could soon be forced out of the African Cup of Nation 2019 as the Malian Football Federation is at risk of being suspended at FIFA level.
Malians are in group E together with Mauritania, Tunisia, and Angola. However, the group could be reduced to 3 teams as Mali could be dropped due to FIFA’s decision regarding their federation.
According to reports, Malian Football Federation, Fémafoot is currently under the supervision of a standardization committee since 2017 to organize their affairs and protect the Federation from political intrusion.
Nonetheless, Fémafoot has been struggling for about two years as the General Assembly hasn’t been able to approve the new regulations and organizations proposed by the standardization committee.
A general meeting by Malian Federation is set to take place this Sunday, June 15, where they should be expected to approve the committee orders and organize new elections and choose a new president for Fémafoot.
As a result, FIFA have sent a threat to all stakeholders that if the general meeting fails to reach a final decision, the Malian Federation will be suspended and Mali will not be allowed to compete in the 2019 AFCON.
With two weeks remaining for the start of the tournament, which is taking place in Egypt, Mali will have to wait till next Sunday to discover their fate.
Shall Mali be suspended, CAF will most probably be forced to disrupt the smooth running of Group E as Tunisia, Angola, and Mauritania will compete in a three-team group.
Reports also issued the possibility that CAF could choose to draw either the third from Mali’s group in qualifying, and it would then be Gabon, or Burkina Faso, as the best third in the entire qualification phase.