The Witness - - SPORT -

THE South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) have an­nounced that Banyana Banyana will face Equa­to­rial Guinea in­stead of Kenya in their sec­ond game at the Women’s Africa Cup of Na­tions tak­ing place in Ghana from Novem­ber 17 to De­cem­ber 1.

Kenya have been booted out of the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter the ap­peal board of the Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball (CAF) over­turned a de­ci­sion made by the dis­ci­plinary coun­cil in Septem­ber.

Banyana will now play Nige­ria in their open­ing match, fol­lowed by a clash with Equa­to­rial Guinea and then Zam­bia.

CAF said Kenya had been shipped out of the event fol­low­ing a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing re­gard­ing the el­i­gi­bil­ity of player An­nette Jacky Mes­somo in Kenya’s team dur­ing a match against Equa­to­rial Guinea, who wished to claim Mes­somo for them­selves.

Mean­while, Nige­ria have re­placed in­jured striker Odion Ighalo with Galatasaray for­ward Henry Onyekuru for an up­com­ing 2019 Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fier against South Africa.

China-based Ighalo, who plays for Changchun Yatai, is the lead­ing scorer in the Africa Cup qual­i­fiers with six goals. But an in­jury has side­lined him for five weeks.

Onyekuru will take his place in the Su­per Ea­gles squad, said the Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion, whose spokesper­son Toyin Ibitoye said he ex­pects the play­ers who will re­place key ab­sen­tees like Ighalo, Shehu Ab­dul­lahi, Fran­cis Uzoho and Wil­fred Ndidi to rise to the oc­ca­sion.

— Kick­Off, Su­per­Sport.

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