By Kimathi Kamau NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Wednesday replaced Equatorial
Guinea to attend the 2018 CAF Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON),
following the expulsion of Equatorial Guinea by CAF from the
competition for fielding an ineligible player in the final round
Federation (FKF) announced that the Kenyan team known as
Harambee Starlets will take its place at the Nov. 17 to Dec. 1
finals in Ghana following their successful appeal against
Equatoguineans who beat the Kenyans 3-2 on aggregate in June.
“A sanction of 10,
0000 U.S. 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,” a letter from CAF addressed to FKF
chief executive, Robert Muthomi partly read.
FKF submitted an
official protest against Equatorial Guinea who beat Kenya 2-0 on
June 9 in the second leg of their final qualifier.
In their initial
letter, Kenya was protesting the eligibility of 6 players.
However, at last they only maintained their protest regarding
one player: Anette Jacky Messomo.
CAF said the player
in question was allegedly of Cameroonian nationality and had
played for several European based clubs.
decision, Kenya will make their second appearance at the finals
following their debut in the 2016 edition where they failed to
progress past the first hurdle.
champions Equatorial Guinea (2008 and 2012) were banned by world
governing body FIFA from the 2019 World Cup in France over