Armed soldiers wearing N95 surgical masks on Sunday morning swooped on Tanzania’s national football team’s hotel in Antananarivo, Madagascar, amid rumours that some players have tested positive for Covid-19.
Although there was no official comment on the matter, sources told The Bulrushes that a number of armed soldiers in uniform were seen standing outside the rooms of the Tanzanian players.
Tanzania are scheduled to play Madagascar Sunday afternoon in their final Group J qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
The other teams in Group J are Benin and Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Football authorities in both countries are yet to comment publicly on the raid at the hotel.
Last year, Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina promoted a hypothetical Covid-19 treatment.
“This herbal tea gives results in seven days,” claimed Rajoelina.
“Tests have been carried out – two people have now been cured by this treatment.”
At the time, Tanzania imported copious amounts of the tea from Madagascar, but the country has since moved to more conventional Covid-19 treatments and prevention methods that include vaccines.
It remains to be seen if the match will go ahead.