The Kenyan Football Association, has dragged the Confederation of African Football, CAF, to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS, after Equatorial Guinea was reinstated to this year’s Total Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana.
Two-time African champions, Equatorial Guinea, were initially kicked out of the tournament by CAF’s Appeal Board after the Kenyan FA protested the inclusion of Annette Jacky Messomo, against Kenya in the qualifiers.
In the protest, the Kenyan FA claimed Messomo is not a “bona-fide citizen of the country (Equatorial Guinea), having lived and played all her football in Cameroon and Europe”.
Kenya then replaced Equatorial Guinea and were drawn in Group B alongside defending champions, Super Falcons of Nigeria, Zambia and South Africa.
However, on Wednesday, the Appeal Board, overruled the earlier decision thereby reinstating Equatorial Guinea.
“On November 7, 2018, the Appeal Board of Confédération Africaine de Football held a meeting in order to decide on the appeal of the Equatorial Guinea Football Federation of the decision of the Disciplinary Council of September 8, 2018,” the Appeal Board wrote in a statement published on CAF’s website.
“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: The appeal lodged by the Federación Ecuatoguineana de Fútbol 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.”
The decision did not go down well with the Kenyan FA who released a statement on Thursday expressing their displeasure.
According to the FA, they have “initiated an appeal process at CAS, with a view to having Kenya included in the tournament and/or stopping the same from commencing until the matter is heard and resolved”.
The 2018 Total Africa Women’s Cup of Nations will run from 17 November to 1 December in Accra and Cape Coast.