Equatorial Guinea women’s football is heading for another international ban after the federation picked five ineligible players to play in upcoming friendly match aganist Comoros scheduled for November 26.
According to investigations done by soka25east Fifa may expell Equatorial Guinea from future competitions after they acquired forged documents to field the ineligible players.
The five who escaped detection from Fifa under unclear circumstances in the latest expulsion of Equatorial Guinea also took part in qualification round for the past 2016 Olympic Games and are expected to feature in the friendly.
Documents seen by our reporter indicate that Annette Jacky Messomo is a Cameroonian national ,Ruth Sunday alias Lucia Andeme is an Nigerian together with her counterpart Olawutobilola Windapo who goes by the name Susana Angono,Olivia Katsongo is a Congolese.
Others include Fatoumata Ndiaye a Malian,Uzoamaka Igwe alias Rita Andeme Obiang who was born in Nigeria and plays for Bayelsa Queens and all were not eligible to play for the representative team of Equatorial Guinea.
In another related case, FIFA banned Equatorial Guinea’s women from the 2020 Olympic qualifying program. That decision related to a Brazil-born player who had two passports and two birth certificates with personal details that did not match.
Further FIFA investigations revealed 10 more ineligible players picked for 2016 Olympic qualifying games, and two forgery cases.
Equatorial Guinea soccer officials appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a ban by the Confederation of African Football from two editions of the women’s African Cup of Nations. The 2018 tournament, being hosted by Ghana, is Africa’s qualifying tournament for the 2019 World Cup in France.
Equatorial Guinea’s women’s team was also disqualified from the 2012 London Olympics for fielding an ineligible player. A two-time African champion, it last won the title in 2012.
The men’s national team was stripped by FIFA of a victory in World Cup qualifying in 2013 when none of its starting lineup was born in Equatorial Guinea.
FIFA allows players to represent a country if they have lived in the country continuously for a period of time, or a parent or grandparent was born there.