The Super Falcons of Nigeria will now face Equatorial Guinea and not Kenya in their third group game at the forthcoming Africa Women’s Cup of Nation.
This change was affirmed after the Confederation of African Football (CAF), through its appeal board, on Wednesday overturned a decision made by the Disciplinary Council in September to kick out Kenya.
CAF’s statement reads: “On November 7, 2018, the Appeal Board of Confédération Africaine de Football held a meeting in order to decide on the appeal of the Federación Ecuatoguineana de Fútbol of the decision of the Disciplinary Council of September 8, 2018.
“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.”
Nigeria will now face the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in their opening match on November 18, and then take on Zambia three days later in their second group game before playing Equatorial Guinea in the group showdown.