Vanuatu withdraw from Oceania World Cup qualifying; Cook Islands set to be eliminated

Vanuatu withdraw from Oceania World Cup qualifying; Cook Islands set to be eliminated

Vanuatu has withdrew from the Oceania World Cup qualification event in Qatar because to a Covid-19 outbreak, and will not be able to register a team.

For the same reason, the Cook Islands will be unable to field a squad in their second match and will be eliminated, meaning the Solomon Islands and Tahiti will advance from Group A in the eight-team competition in Qatar.

Group B, which includes the All Whites of New Zealand, is still unaffected. Danny Hay’s side began their campaign with a 1-0 win over Papua New Guinea on Saturday [NZ time], while Fiji defeated New Caledonia 2-1.The 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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