Vanuatu withdraw from Oceania World Cup qualifying; Cook Islands also hit by Covid-19

Vanuatu withdraw from Oceania World Cup qualifying; Cook Islands also hit by Covid-19

Vanuatu have withdrawn from the Oceania World Cup qualifying tournament in Qatar as they are unable to field a team due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

The Cook Islands are also unable to field a team in their second match for the same reason and are set to be eliminated, which would mean the Solomon Islands and Tahiti advance from group A at the eight-team tournament in Qatar.

Group B, featuring New Zealand’s All Whites, is as yet unaffected. Danny Hay’s side began their campaign on Saturday [NZ time] with a 1-0The Vanuatu Football Federation announced its withdrawal in a statement on its website on Saturday, after its team was unable to take the field for its first match, against Tahiti, when a majority of the players tested positive for Covid-19.

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