Equatorial Guinea have been banned from the next three editions of the Africa Women Cup of Nations for fielding a player using fraudulent documents. In April, Fifa ruled that Camila Maria do Carmo Nobre de Oliveira was found to have used two passports with different birth dates and two birth certificates.
It then expelled them from 2020 Olympics preliminary qualifying. The Confederation of African Football has now penalised Equatorial Guinea over the same issue.
Caf said on its website that it acted after a protest by Mali, who lost 3-2 to Equatorial Guinea in the final round of the Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers. Camila Nobre do Carmo Oliviera featured in the first and second leg matches on 6 April and 10 April.
Following an investigation, Caf found the player in question was “registered for the Women AFCON Namibia 2014 as Camila Maria Nobre Carmo with date of birth: 07/10/1994 and for the 2016 edition, her date of birth stated 10/06/1988 and the name Camila Nobre do Carmo Oliviera”.
The Equatorial Guinea Football Federation admitted that it is the same player.
Caf said: “The sanction by Fifa proved that Equatorial Guinea was guilty of fraud due to the different information relating to the identity of the player.”
And African football’s governing body concluded that “the participation of player Camila Nobre do Carmo Oliviera with Equatorial Guinea in the two matches against Mali is considered illegal”.
Mali will replace Equatorial Guinea in the final tournament of the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations, which will take place in Cameroon from 19 November to 3 December.