Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reinstated Equatorial Guinea’s national women team to the African Women’s Cup of Nations 2018(AWCON) , crashing Harambee Starlet’s qualification for the games.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has in a letter to CAF protested the decision to reinstate Equatorial Guinea in AWCON 2018, just 10 days to the tournament’s kick off, saying its “retrogressive” and an “injustice” to Kenya.
“We are profoundly astonished by the Appeal Board of Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) decision to reinstate the Equatorial Guinea women football team to the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations, 10 days to the commencement of the tournament,” FKF said in the letter to CAF.
FKF has also lodged an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to have Kenya included in the tournament or to have it stopped from commencing all together until the matter is had.
The Equatoguineans, who are also banned from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, were in October disqualified from AWCON 2018 for allegedly fielding an ineligible player following a complaint lodged by FKF but successfully appealed against their removal from the upcoming AWCON games.
Equatoguineans had beaten Starlets 3-2 on aggregate in the final round of the 2018 AWCON qualifiers.
FKF maintained that the player in question, Annette Jacky Messomo, is ineligible to play for Equatorial Guinea due to her nationality (Cameroon).
“That notwithstanding, in our protest to CAF dated August 22, 2018 we stated and still have reasons to believe that one Annette Jacky Messomo is not eligible to play for the Equatorial Guinea women football team, as she is not a bona-fide citizen of the country, having lived and played all her football in Cameroon and Europe,” FKF said.