Kenya to appeal to Cas over Equatorial Guinea reinstatement

Kenya’s Football Federation (FKF) has condemned a Confederation of African Football (Caf) decision to reinstate Equatorial Guinea to the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. They say they are “profoundly astonished” by the move, which represents “a great injustice” and plan an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas). Equatorial Guinea had been excluded by Caf in October for fielding an ineligible player. On Wednesday Caf reversed that decision following an appeal from Equatorial Guinea, who were restored to the finals in place of Kenya. Kenya were awarded a place in the finals in October when Caf ruled Equatorial Guinea had fielded an ineligible player in qualifying. Caf’s Appeal Board announced on Wednesday that: “The player Annette Jacky Messomo is eligible to play for the national team of Equatorial Guinea.” In the original ruling Caf upheld a protest from the Football Kenya Federation over the eligibility of Messomo. The decision at the time was that: “The player in question was allegedly of Cameroonian nationality and had played for several European based clubs.” In response FKF released a statement saying: “It is our belief that both Caf and Cas will treat the matter with the seriousness that it deserves, this even as Harambee Starlets remain in camp in preparation for” the tournament. Source: BBC]]>

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