Kenya’s women’s national team, the Harambee Starlets, are out of the 2018 Africa Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) less than two weeks to the tournament in Ghana.
Kenya qualified for the championship late last month following a successful protest against Equatorial Guinea for fielding ineligible player in the final round of the qualifiers which Starlets narrowly lost 3-2 on aggregate to the West Africans.
CAF Disciplinary Board agreed with the Football Kenya Federation that the player, Annette Jacky Messomo, was a Cameroonian and not eligible to represent Equatorial Guinea.
But following a successful appeal, CAF overruled the previous decision, handing Equatorial Guinea a lifeline and crashing Starlets dreams of back to back AWCON appearance.
“The player Annette Jacky Messomo is eligible to play for the national team of Equatorial Guinea.
“The national team of Equatorial Guinea is reinstated in the Total African Women’s Cup of Nations 2018,” CAF Appeal Board ruling reads partly.
Kenya have been camping since last week and on Wednesday played a friendly match against Ghana which ended 1-1 at the Kasarani Stadium.
They were also scheduled to warm-up against neighbors Uganda before they depart for the tournament which starts from 17 November to 1 December 2018.
The team had been pooled in Group B alongside defending champions Nigeria, Zambia and South Africa.
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