Equatorial Guinea: Equatorial Guinea launches appeal against FIFA-imposed ban

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The Equatorial Guinea Football Association has launched an appeal against a FIFA-imposed ban against the nation's women's team after the world sport's world governing body discovered that one of their players had used false documentation.

According to reports from Malabo, the appeal, at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausane, Switzerland, is aimed at overturning a ban from both the 2018 and 2020 editions of the Women's Africa Cup of Nations, as failure to play in the 2018 edition would deny Equatorial Guinea the chance of qualifying for the 2019 Women's World Cup. Next year's continental tournament is Africa's qualifying route for the 2019 World Cup, which will be held in France.

PANA recalls that in April 2016, FIFA banned the team after Camila Maria do Carmo Nobre de Oliveira, who played for the African nation in their unsuccessful qualification campaign for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, had used “two passports with different dates of birth”.

The ban also denies the country a chance to compete in the qualification tournament for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

“Two birth certificates containing divergent information regarding the player’s parents were also provided,” a FIFA statement on the case read.

The organisation also confirmed that investigations into several other unnamed players were ongoing.

Oliveira was slammed with a 10-game suspension and a fine of 2,000 Swiss francs (about 1,474 pounds), as well as being reprimanded and warned about her future conduct.

A date for the verdict of the appeal has yet to be confirmed.

The Equatorial Guinea Football Association was also fined 40,000 Swiss francs (about 29,000 pounds) after FIFA held the organisation “liable for the use of forged or falsified documents”.

FIFA also banned the Equatorial Guinean women’s team from the qualification series for the 2012 women's Olympic football tournament in London for fielding an ineligible player.

Forward Jade Boho Sayo played against Cameroon despite being suspended by FIFA for two months over "eligibility matters".

The Equatorial Guinea men's team was also initially disqualified from playing at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in July 2014 for fielding an ineligible player in a preliminary qualifier against Mauritania on May 17 of the same year.

They were reinstated after they stepped in to host the tournament following Morocco’s withdrawal over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.
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15 march 2017 08:37:12

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