Kenya will no longer participate the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana after Equatorial Guinea successfully appealed their disqualification.
The Nzalang Nacional were initially disqualified after being reported by Kenya to have played an ineligible player in 3-2 aggregate win over the Harambee Starlets in the qualifying series.
Having reviewed their appeal, Caf cleared Equatorial Guinea of any wrongdoing and readmitted them for the competition, which kicks off in 10 days time in Ghana.
“On November 7, 2018, the Appeal Board of Confédération Africaine de Football held a meeting in order to decide on the appeal of the Federación Ecuatoguineana de Fútbol of the decision of the Disciplinary Council of September 8, 2018,” read part of the Caf’s Appeal Board ruling.
“Regarding the eligibility protest against player Annette Jacky Messomo during the match no. 30 Equatorial Guinea vs Kenya played in the frame of the Total African Women’s Cup of Nations 2018, the Appeal Board decided that The appeal lodged by the Federación Ecuatoguineana de Fútbol is admissible.
“The decision no 001-CAI-08.09.2018 is overruled: The player Annette Jacky Messomo is eligible to play for the National Team of Equatorial Guinea. The National Team of Equatorial Guinea is reintegrated in the Total African Women’s Cup of Nations 2018.”
At it stands, Equatorial Guinea will replace the Harambee Starlets in Group B, which also hosts champions Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia in Cape Coast.