Caf acknowledge Kenya’s Awcon qualifiers complaint against Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea women's national team

Caf has confirmed receiving Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) complaint over the ineligibility of Equatorial Guinea women’s national team players.

FKF had complained that Equatorial Guinea had fielded a number of ineligible players in their 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier (Awcon 2018) against Kenya in June.

The Kenyan football body further narrowed their case to Cameroonian-born Annette Jacky Messomo.

Messomo, 25, played for Equatorial Guinea in the final round of the qualifiers against Kenya, which the two-time African champions won 3-2 on aggregate.

The Kenyan football body noted that Messomo had not met the Fifa naturalisation requirements for players without family roots in a particular country.

In a letter to FKF dated 29 August, Caf noted: “We deem that your protest is valid for the alleged ineligibility of Annete Jacky Messomo.”

“The matter will be submitted to the Disciplinary Board during their next sitting on 8 September,” further read the letter signed by Caf Secretary General Amr Fahmy.

This is the second successive Awcon that Equatorial Guinea has been accused of fielding ineligible players.

Mali filed the same complaint in 2016, which Caf ruled in their favour thus they replaced Equatorial Guinea in the last edition of the continental showpiece.

In 2017, Fifa expelled Equatorial Guinea from the 2019 Women’s World Cup, just months after banning the Nzalang Nacional from the 2020 Olympic Games for fielding ineligible players.

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

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