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Despite the massive criticism of the relocation of Copa America to Brazil, the Argentine national football team has confirmed their participation in the South American continental tournament.
In a statement yesterday, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said; ‘The national team confirms their participation in Copa America 2021, which reflects their sportsmanship,’
‘The whole team will work together to overcome the adversity that affects all South Americans equally.’
Lionel Messi’s team are one of the title favorites at the continental tournament, which begins June 13.
Africa Today News, New York understands that it recently became known that there is great resistance, especially within the Brazilian national team, to holding the tournament in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The pandemic is still raging fiercely in South America.
A few weeks before the start of the tournament, first Colombia and then Argentina dropped out as the originally planned hosts.
In Colombia, there have been bloody protests against the government for months, while Argentina was hit hard by the second wave of the pandemic.
As a result, the South American football association CONMEBOL moved Copa America to Brazil.
However, Latin America’s largest country also continues to be a hotspot for the coronavirus pandemic.
To date, more than 16.9 million people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, and more than 470,000 people have died in connection with COVID-19.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK