Saturday 19 March 2022, 10:45

Statement on the Vanuatu national team

The Vanuatu Football Federation has informed FIFA of its decision to withdraw from the FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers. The decision follows tests conducted on 17 March 2022 that revealed positive cases of COVID-19 in the majority of Vanuatu’s national team ahead of their FIFA World Cup™ qualification match against Tahiti that was due to be played in Doha. In line with the applicable protocol and given the seven-day quarantine requirement, the Vanuatu Football Federation has confirmed to FIFA that it’s not in a position to play its upcoming FIFA World Cup™ qualification matches. FIFA has forwarded the relevant details to its Disciplinary Committee. Until further notice, Vanuatu’s FIFA World Cup™ qualification matches are deemed to be abandoned.