The team had previously been banned by FIFA in April, with CAF now meting out its own punishment. The team’s offense was irregularities in the details of a player in the team, Camila Nobre do Carmo Oliviera.
The team had beaten Mali to qualify for this year’s Africa’s Women Cup of Nations, but the Malian had protested Oliviera’s inclusion in the team, with CAF subsequently opening an investigation.
Investigations by CAF revealed that the player was registered for the Women AFCON Namibia 2014 as Camila Maria Nobre Carmo with date of birth: 07/10/1994. For the 2016 edition, her date of birth stated 10/06/1988 and the name Camila Nobre do Carmo Oliviera.
She’s the same person, according to the Equatorial Guinea Football Federation (FEGUIFUT), who admitted their mistake.
The body said in a statement that “the Equatorial Guinean authority responsible for the issuance of passports committed an error by registering a different date of birth and name, and the error was corrected on the new passport of the player issued in September 2015”.
Because Equatorial Guinea failed to inform CAF of the change, Oliviera’s appearance in the qualifiers against Mali has been deemed illegal, with the team now disqualified from AWCON 2016. The suspension means the team will also miss the tournament’s edition in 2016 and 2018.