2018 WAFCON: Kenya To Replace Equatorial Guinea

They qualified for the tournament after the disqualification of the Zalang National by CAF on October 17, 2018.

The Harambee Starlets of Kenya will replace Equatorial Guinea in this year’s Women’s African Cup of Nations in Ghana. The Football Kenya Federation (FKFF) made the announcement yesterday. The Zalang National of Equatorial Guinea will be absent from the tournament following the team’s disqualification by the African Football Confederation (CAF).

Kenya initially protested against six players fielded by Equatorial Guinea after the two-time winners, Equatorial Guinea, beat Kenya 3-2 on aggregate in the final round of the qualifiers of the 11th edition the women’s tournament but saw it dismissed.

The Kenyan Federation further lodged an appeal but this time narrowed it to one player. The Confederation of African Football upheld FKF’s protest over one player, Anette Jacky Messomo. The player in question was allegedly of Cameroonian nationality and had played for several European-based clubs.

According to a statement from CAF published onOctober 17, 2018, the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFPOOT), confirmed that the player was a Cameroonian and denied ever receiving a request from Equatorial Guinea’s Football Federation for a change of nationality. A letter from CAF to the FKFF states that the CAF Disciplinary Board decides that Kenya's protest is upheld.

Apart from suspending the Zalang National from the competition, CAF has also fined the Equatorial Guinea FA US$100000 (FCFA 6 million) and Equatorial Guinea is disqualified from the TOTAL African Women's Cup of Nations 2018. Kenya will now replace the Zalang National in this year’s tournament. Kenya will be competing in the competition for the second time. Their first participating was in 2016 in Cameroon.

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