CAF have reinstated Equatorial Guinea in the 2018 Women’s Cup of Nations.
Equatorial Guinea who earned qualification at the expense of Kenya was expelled after the latter lodged a complaint over the ineligibility of player Annette Jacky Messomo durong who was featured by the former during the qualifiers.
This however saw CAF replacing Kenya with Equatorial Guinea, however a review of the decision will see the Central African side taking their place back in the competition.
A statement released by CAF on Wednesday reads:
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.
Regarding the eligibility protest against player Annette Jacky Messomo durong 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 as follows :
1.The appeal lodged by the Federación Ecuatoguineana de Fútbol is admissible;
2.The decision no 001-CAI-08.09.2018 is overruled;
3.The player Annette Jacky Messomo is eligible to play for the National Team of Equatorial Guinea;
4.The National Team of Equatorial Guinea is reintegrated in the Total African Women’s Cup of Nations 2018.
Equatorial Guinea will automatically join group B which is made up of Nigeria, Zambia and South Africa.
Kenya prior to the latest decision had their appearance at the competition in doubt having been rocked with financial issues.
By Frank Darkwah