According to a decision made by the world football’s governing body, Equatorial Guinea’s women national team will not be part of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France for fielding 10 Brazilian-born players.
FIFA also announced on Thursday that two players were also found guilty of using forged and falsified documents, saying the decision followed investigations conducted after initial sanctions last year.The violations, which also attracted a fine of $102,000, were perpetrated during the qualification competition for the Rio 2016 Olympic women’s tournament.
Muriel Linda Mendoua Abessolo and Francisca Angue Ondo Asangono, the two players found guilty of using forged and falsified documents have also been served a ten-match ban. In April 2016, FIFA banned Equatorial Guinea from participating in the 2020 Olympics qualification tournament for fielding Camila Maria do Carmo Nobre de Oliveira who was found to have used two passports with different birth dates and two birth certificates.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) also banned the team from three Africa Women Cup of Nations for the same offence which resulted in their disqualification from the 2016 Nations Cup finals in Cameroon. The CAF ban was lifted in July. The Nzalang Nacional team is two-time African champions.