GUINEA Bissau’s shock qualification for their first Africa Cup of Nations has been cast into doubt after a complaint from a rival football association.
The minnows qualified for the 2017 finals with a 3-2 win over Zambia but their celebrations may be short-lived.
This was after Football Association of Zambia chief executive officer Ponga Liwewe told BBC Sport there was an “issue related to the game”. He added: “If the Confederation of African Football rules in our favour, it will have far-reaching implications. That is what we are waiting for.” There are reports that FAZ may have protested on the eligibility of Guinea-Bissau goalkeeper Pape Massa Mbaye Fall, who was born in Senegal.
However, Liwewe would not be drawn into a comment when asked about the nature of his organisation’s protest.
“After the game in Guinea-Bissau, the FA sat down, consulted among themselves and sent some correspondence to CAF about several queries and issues we had,” he said.
“It’s premature to make pronouncements until we get some feedback from CAF,” Liwewe said. The ultimate sanction, should Guinea-Bissau be found guilty of any wrongdoing, is disqualification.
The remarks to BBC by Liwewe, the FAZ general secretary, was the first time Zambian authorities have hinted that they have protested to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) regarding last Saturday’s match in Bissau which Zambia lost under controversial circumstances.
Among other issues raised by fans was the allegation that the match officials extended the added time twice and that one of the three Bissau goals should not have counted because a Guinea player robbed goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene of the ball long after the Zambian had already secured it in his hands.
After the victory over Zambia, Guinea-Bissau top Group E with an unassailable 10 points – four ahead of both Congo and Zambia – with just one round of matches left.
Guinea-Bissau 5 10
Congo 5 6
Zambia 5 6
Kenya 5 4