Awcon: Caf to decide on Ethiopia’s qualifiers petition against Algeria

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Ethiopian Football Federation’s (EFF) protest against Algeria for fielding ineligible players in the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers will be presented to the Caf Disciplinary Board.

In the petition, EFF alleges that Algeria used two ineligible players in their AWCON 2018 qualification match against Ethiopia in June.

Algeria, the sole northern African nation to qualify for AWCON 2018, edged Ethiopia 6-3 on aggregate in the last round of the qualifiers.

However, EFF claim that defender Isma Ouadah and goalkeeper Nedjat Fadoul, who featured in the win, were unqualified to play for Algeria.

The two, EFF claims, played for United Arab Emirates women’s national football team from 2010 to 2015.

EFF further explained that the duo featured for UAE in their title-winning run in the 2010 and 2011 editions of the West Asian Football Federation Championship.

This will be the second petition from the AWCON qualifies that will be submitted to the Disciplinary Board on Saturday 8 September.

East African neighbours Kenya have also launched a similar protest against Equatorial Guinea.

Ethiopia last suited up in the continental showpiece in 2012 following their debut appearance in 2002 and a fourth-place finish in 2004.

AWCON 2018 set for November will double as the African qualifiers for the 2019 Women’s World Cup with the top three nations qualifying.

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