Starlets win appeal against E. Guinea, set to grace 2018 AWCON


Starlets win appeal against E. Guinea, set to grace 2018 AWCON
Harambee Stars players celebrate scoring against Tanzania during their 2018 CECAFA Women Championships in Rwanda on July 21, 2018. The match ended 1-1. Photo/Saddam /Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • The Kenya National women team, Harambee Starlets will play in the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations following Equatorial Guinea’s disqualification from the competition.
  • Starlets had lost 3-2 on aggregate to the West Africa Nation in the final qualifying round, but an appeal was lodged by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) thereafter over the eligibility of six players who played part in the qualifier.
  • Starlets will be making a second appearance at the competition set for November 19 -December 1, following their maiden bow in 2016.
 

The Kenya National women team, Harambee Starlets will play in the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations following Equatorial Guinea’s disqualification from the competition.

Starlets had lost 3-2 on aggregate to the West Africa Nation in the final qualifying round, but an appeal was lodged by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) thereafter over the eligibility of six players who played part in the qualifier.

“On June 9, 2018, Kenya submitted an official protest before Match no. 30, Equatorial Guinea vs. Kenya which was played in the frame of Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations – Ghana 2018,”

“In their initial letter, Kenya was protesting the eligibility of 6 players, however, they only maintained their protest regarding one player: Anette Jacky MESSOMO. The player in question was allegedly of Cameroonian nationality and had played for several European based clubs,” read part of the letter sent to FKF CEO Robert Muthomi, following a CAF Disciplinary Board hearing at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

“Considering CAF Statutes; CAF Regulations, in particular the Regulations of the Women AFCON 2018; and the CAF Disciplinary Code, the Disciplinary Board decides that Kenya’s protest is upheld; A sanction of 10, 0000 USD (Ten Thousand Dollars) is imposed on the Equatorial Guinea FA; and Equatorial Guinea’s Team is disqualified from the TOTAL African Women’s Cup of Nations 2018,” continued the letter.

Starlets will be making a second appearance at the competition set for November 19 -December 1, following their maiden bow in 2016.

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