The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has rejected the appeal by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) protesting over the eligibility of Guinea Bissau player Papa Massa Mbaye Fall who featured in the 2017 AFCON qualifier between the two sides, which Guinea Bissau won 3 – 2.
FAZ staked a claim to be awarded three points from the game, stating that the player presented a passport without any stamp indicating date of entry to Guinea Bissau and has previously played for the Senegal national team, in contravention of Articles 5 to 8 of the Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes.
However, CAF ruled that Fall never played for the Senegal national team nor was he registered with the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) as evidenced by a letter from the FSF on 10 June 2016.
Guinea Bissau Football Federation also provided CAF with documents for the player which included: His birth certificate, his local ID, his current Passport, his residential certificate stating that the player has resided in Guinea Bissau since 23 April 2009 and also provided proof that one of the grandmother’s of the player, named Ngone Kane Diouf, was born in Guinea Bissau.
Based on the above elements, the Organizing Committee considered that the player fulfilled the obligation of article 7.c) of the Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes, and that the player is deemed eligible. Consequently, the result of the match will stand.