Nigeria Super Falcons will now have a new opponent in the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations set to begin November 17, 2018, in Ghana.
Falcons were drawn in Group B alongside South Africa, Zambia and debutants, Kenya but following a ruling by CAF on Wednesday, Kenya will be made to leave the tournament for Equatorial Guinea to take their rightful having qualified for the tournament during the qualifiers.
CAF had suspended Equatorial Guinea for feeding an ineligible player after Kenya lodged a complaint that a player, Annette Jacky Messomo was not eligible to play as she is a Cameroonian descendant which informed CAF to carry out an investigation and resolved to suspend Equatorial Guinea.
CAF in a statement on its website after Equatorial Guinea appealed against the ruling said Annette Jacky Messomo was eligible to play for the Equatorial Guinea National team.
The statement read, “On November 7, 2018, the Appeal Board of Confederation Africaine de Football held a meeting in order to decide on the appeal of the Federacion Ecutoguineana de Futbol of the decision of the Disciplinary Council of September 8, 2018.
“Regarding the eligibility protest against the 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 the follows;
- The appeal lodged the Federacion Ecuatoguineana de Futbol is admissible;
- The decision no 001-CAI-08.09.2018 is overruled;
- 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.
Equatorial Guinea will now replace Kenya who was hoping to make their debut in the competition in Group B which has defending Champions, Nigeria, Zambia and South Africa.