The Cook Islands became the second nation in Oceania’s World Cup qualifier to have a match postponed after a positive COVID-19 test.
The Oceania Football Association said Sunday’s Group A matches between the Cook Islands and Tahiti and between Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands would not be played.
FIFA, the governing body of football, said Vanuatu had withdrawn from the qualifying tournament in Doha, Qatar, after a majority of its teams tested positive. The OFC said, “there are a number of Cook Islands players who have tested positive.”
The Cook Islands opened Thursday with a 2-0 loss to the Solomon Islands when Vanuatu’s match against Tahiti was canceled.
In Group B openings on Friday, New Zealand beat Papua New Guinea 1-0 and Fiji defeated New Caledonia 2-1.
The winner of the Oceania final on March 30 advances to the June playoffs against the nation in fourth place in North and Central America and the Caribbean. The winner of that match joins the 32-nation field for the World Cup.
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