The Confederation of African Football (Caf) have disqualified Equatorial Guinea from the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON).
A statement by Caf reveals that the decision followed Equatorial Guinea’s fielding of an ineligible player in a qualifier against Kenya.
“Kenya has replaced Equatorial Guinea for the final tournament of the Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Ghana 2018 after their protest against the latter upheld by the CAF Disciplinary Board,” Caf said.
”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 allegedly of Cameroonian nationality and had played for several European based clubs.
“By a letter dated 30 August 2018, the Cameroonian federation confirmed the above by stating that the player in question is indeed of Cameroonian nationality and that they have denied receiving a request from Equatorial Guinea in order for Mrs. Anette Jacky Messomo to change her national association.
“In accordance with CAF regulations, all parties were requested to present their responses in regards to the allegations made against Equatorial Guinea’s Women team.
“The Federacion Ecuatoquineana De Futbol claimed that the player in question had benefited from her grandfather’s nationality and that she has been living in Equatorial Guinea since childhood.
“However, they failed to support their allegations with sufficient evidence’ read the decision take on 17 October 2018.”