South Africa, Madagascar and Benin will not have the full complement of their players when to go into their Round of 16 games following suspensions after acquiring two yellow cards each.
Three players have been suspended for the 1st knock out stage and this is in accordance with Article 42.2 of the regulation which states “the cautions received during the matches qualifying phase shall not be taken into account for the matches of the final tournament. At the end of the first phase of the final tournament (group matches), all cautions received shall be canceled for the rest of the competition. Nevertheless, a player having collected two yellow cards will sustain the one match suspension”.
The trio were cautioned for the second time on the final day matches of the group stage, thus ruling them out of the next round. They are;
Marco Ilaimaharitra (Madagascar)
Cautions: Madagascar vs Nigeria & Guinea vs Madagascar
Themba Zwane (South Africa)
Cautions: South Africa vs Morocco & South Africa vs Namibia
Steve Mounie (Benin)
Cautions: Benin vs Cameroon & Ghana vs Benin