Tunisia free to contest qualifiers after CAF decision

Tunisia free to contest qualifiers after CAF decision

Tunisia will be allowed to compete in the 2017 Cup of Nations qualifiers after all as The African Confederation of Football (CAF) confirmed on Tuesday the dispute with the Tunisian football federation (FTF) has been resolved.

Following a meeting on March 13 in Dakar between CAF president Issa Hayatou and FTF vice-president Maher Snoussi, the Tunisians agreed to formally apologise for their protests at the controversial quarter-final defeat to hosts Equatorial Guines at this year`s Africa Cup of Nations. 

"Tunisia have followed regulations with a formal apology," read a CAF statement. 

African football`s governing body had given Tunisia until March 31 to apologise over their reaction to the match when a dubious last-minute penalty gave Equatorial Guinea an equaliser before they went on to win 2-1 in extra-time. 

Tunisia had accused CAF of favouring the host nation which led to their elimination

"The details are not yet official but following my meeting with Issa Hayatou, for me the problems are definitely settled," said Snoussi on Monday adding that an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will be withdrawn.

"I am completely reassured that Tunisia will be one of the teams that are in the draw for the qualifiers," he added. 

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