KENYA BOOTED OUT OF WOMEN’S CUP
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.