The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has disqualified two-time champions Equatorial Guinea from participating at next month’s African Women Cup of Nations after fielding ineligible players in their qualifiers against Kenya, AOIFootball.com reports.
The Kenyan ladies had lost 3-2 on aggregate to the West Africa nation in the final qualifying round, but an appeal was lodged by the Kenya Football Federation thereafter over the eligibility of six players who played a part in the qualifier.
“On the 9th of June 2018, Kenya submitted an official protest before Match no. 30, Equatorial Guinea vs. Kenya which was played in the frame of Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations – Ghana 2018.
“In their initial letter, Kenya was protesting the eligibility of 6 players, however, they only maintained their protest regarding one player: Anette Jacky Messomo. The player in question was alleged of Cameroonian nationality and had played for several Europea-based clubs,” read part of the letter sent to FKF General Secretary/CEO Robert Muthomi following a CAF Disciplinary Board hearing at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.
“Considering CAF Statutes, CAF Regulations, in particular, the Regulations of the Women AFCON 2018; and the CAF Disciplinary Code, the Disciplinary Board decided that Kenya’s protest is upheld; A sanction of 10, 0000 USD (Ten Thousand Dollars) is imposed on the Equatorial Guinea FA; and Equatorial Guinea’s Team is disqualified from the TOTAL African Women’s Cup of Nations 2018,” continued the letter.
The Harambee Starlets will be making a second appearance at the competition following their maiden bow in 2016 and will know their group opponents this weekend when the draw for the competition takes place in Ghana.