NAIROBI– Kenya has launched a complaint with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in a bid to bar Equatorial Guinea from going to Ghana for this year’s Africa Women Cup of Nations finals in November.
The Kenya women’s football team, the Harambee Starlets, gave up a 2-1 first leg lead to lose 2-0 away in Bata on Sunday, ending their hopes of making their second appearance at the Africa Women Cup of Nations.
Equatorial Guinea, which qualified 3-2 on aggregate score, will join Algeria, Cameroon, Mali, South Africa, Zambia, and hosts Ghana in the finals in November.
However, Harambee Starlets coach David Ouma has not ruled out returning to the finals, as the Kenyan football federation has petitioned CAF to disqualify Equatorial Guinea for allegedly fielding an ineligible player during the first leg match in Machakos.
The West African side included elestina Manga Besecu, who, Kenya claim, is from Cameroon and not Equatorial Guinea. They also allege that her real name is Fadimatou Veronique Nsongone.
We have petitioned CAF to act on the matter and we can only wait to see the outcome. But I am not losing hope, Ouma said.
In October 2017, world football’s governing body, FIFA, barred Equatorial Guinea from taking part in next year’s Women’s World Cup in France for fielding ineligible players and using forged documents.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK