Harambee Starlets exempted from CAF tournament

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National women soccer team Harambee Starlets has been dislodged from the list of the 2018 Africa Women Cup of nations which kicks off on the 17th of this month in Ghana, after the Confederations of African Football CAF, reinstated Equatorial Guinea in the event.

The African supreme soccer body had banned Equatorial Guinean after allegedly fielding an eligible player in a qualifier match against Kenya.

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This is a huge blow to the national women’s soccer team Harambee Starlets after their hopes of featuring in the Africa Women Cup of nations for the second time in Ghana later this month were dashed by Caf’s last decision to reinstated Equatorial Guinea in the event.

CAF said in a statement that the appeal lodged by the Equatorial Guinea Football federation was admissible and the decision to bar them from take part in this year’s finals has been overruled.

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It said that the player in question, Annette Jacky Messomo is eligible to play for the National Team of Equatorial Guinea.

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Kenya had appealed against the inclusion of the player in the squad that eliminated the Starlets, and on 8th September, the CAF Disciplinary Council ruled in favour of Kenya.

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Football Kenya Federation which had threatened to withdraw the team from the competition due to lack of money now says that they will seek redress as per the statutes of CAF and FIFA, with the sole aim of promoting fairness and integrity of the sport.

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