The woes of Harambee Starlets seem to have deepened even more as Confederation for African Football (CAF) reinstated banned Equitorial Guinea. This therefore means that despite the preparations so far and the efforts made by Footaball Kenya Federation to get adequate cash for the teams preparations, it may not be taking part in the showpiece slated for Ghana.
The 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations is set to kick-off on November 17 to December 1.
Confederation of Africa Football, (Caf) on Wednesday overturned a decision of the Disciplinary Council on September 8 which found Equatorial Guinea guilty of fielding an ineligible player therefore handing Harambee Starlets the chance to take part in this year’s Awcon.
Wednesday’s decision means that Equitorial Guinea, who were replaced by Kenya in Gr(oup B of the continental showpiece, will now battle it out with South Africa, champions Nigeria and Zambia for a place in the last four.
Football Kenya Federation had protested against the eligibility of Annette Jacky Messomo during Starlets’ Awcon qualifying match against Equatorial Guinea.
“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,” Caf said in a statement.
— CAF (@CAF_Online) November 7, 2018
Below is the full statement:
“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 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 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.”
Starlets had on Wednesday evening battled to a 1-1 draw against visiting Black Queens of Ghana at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in preparation for the Cup of Nations.