Guinea’s military dictator, Colonel Mamady Doumboya, has ‘tampered justice with mercy’ and has decided to forgive the national team for failing to win the 2021 Africa Cup Nations, AFCON in Cameroon.
The President had prior to the commencement of the 33rd edition of the AFCON, warned the team that they would refund all money invested in them for the competition should they fail to win the trophy.
Initially, the president told the team to either lift the title or refund the money spent on their preparation, food and accommodation.
Unfortunately the Syli Nationals could not go beyond the round-of-16 knockout stage after they were defeated 1-0 lby The Gambia on Monday.
The president who came to power through a military coup last year has changed his mind as he have ordered the team not to refund the money spent.
He however directed the Football Association to return the untouched cash budgeted for quarterfinals, semi-finals and the finals as they only went up to the last 16 where they got beaten 1-0 by The Gambia.
The president further noted that his earlier words were just meant to motivate the team to take the games seriously.
Guinea won their opening match beating Malawi 1-0, drew goalless with Senegal and lost 2-1 against Zimbabwe in the final group game.
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