2026 World Cup - African qualifiers

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Matchday 3 fixtures, Thursday 6 June

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amenina wrote: Tue Jun 04, 2024 15:57 FIFA: Nsue was not allowed to play for Equatorial Guinea

https://www.africanews.com/2024/06/03/f ... al-guinea/

Top scorer at the Africa Cup of Nations five months ago, Emilio Nsue, was never eligible to play for Equatorial Guinea throughout his 11-year international career, FIFA judges have ruled.

FIFA has just published a detailed verdict explaining why its disciplinary committee last month stripped Equatorial Guinea of ​​two victories in qualifying matches for the 2026 World Cup held in November.

In both matches, Nsue, 34, scored in 1-0 wins over Namibia and Liberia . The former Spain under-21 and youth international should not have played in those two matches and FIFA has now banned him from playing for the national team for six months.

This is a repeat of FIFA disciplinary verdicts in 2013 which also ordered Equatorial Guinea to lose two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches by default due to Nsue's ineligibility.

FIFA said its disciplinary judges in the most recent investigation upheld the motive for the 2013 cases, namely that Nsue was ineligible because he had played competitive matches for Spain's age-matched teams before acquiring your new nationality.

Nsue "apparently acquired Equatorial Guinean nationality (March 2013) only after playing his first international match in an official competition" with Spain, the FIFA judges wrote in their judgment.

The player had actually made 26 competitive appearances for Spanish teams from under-16 to under-21 levels for six years until 2011. The 15-page FIFA document, dated May 10, 2024, details this which appears to have been a chaotic process ten years earlier for the Equatoguinean federation trying to get Nsue approved.

In 2013, the federation asked Spanish authorities, but not FIFA, to release Nsue, then selected and fielded him in two World Cup qualifying matches without formal authorization. These matches were later canceled by default.

In December 2013, FIFA rejected Nsue's request for a change of eligibility and cited the new, late-acquired nationality. Yet he continued to play for the Equatorial Guinea team.

Nsue "still took part in a substantial number of matches for the FEGUIFOOT (senior men's) representative team over a significant period (while knowing without doubt that he was ineligible)" , the FIFA judges wrote .

He participated in qualifying matches for the 2018 and 2022 editions of the World Cup despite these disciplinary cases and missed matches in the 2014 edition. The reason why FIFA did not pursue these cases matches is not clear.

Nsue also participated in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations , hosted by Equatorial Guinea as a replacement host, although he was disqualified from the qualifying program due to an ineligible player. It also participated in CAN 2022, organized outside of FIFA control by the Confederation of African Football .

Nsue has now played more than 40 matches for the national team and has scored 23 goals, including five in January during the last AFCON. The publicity he received in Ivory Coast appears to have provoked a new disciplinary procedure.

The latest investigation was opened by FIFA in March and Nsue was contacted with a six-day deadline to respond to the ongoing accusation. “No position was received from the defendant ,” the FIFA judges wrote.

The judges also explained that they only took action against Nsue's matches for the 2026 World Cup because it is an ongoing competition.

Nsue, who now plays for Spanish lower-tier team Intercity, and his national federation can appeal the sanctions, first to FIFA and then to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
So, FIFA will just say "oopsies!" about the fact that it took them more than 10 years of a full international career to take action against Nsue's participation. If FIFA only ruled after some of its members filed a complaint, it'd be one thing, but they're supposed to act on its own initiative when something comes up, right?
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Congo withdraws from its match with Niger in World Cup qualifiers

https://nan.media/en/congo-withdraws-fr ... ualifiers/

The Congolese Minister of Sports, Hughes Nguilondile, announced that his country had withdrawn from its match against Niger in the African qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.

This decision came after the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) refused to allow Congo to host the match at the Alphonse Masamba Debate Stadium in the capital, Brazzaville, and FIFA’s insistence on holding it at the Martyrs Stadium in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Nguilondile said: “The Congo national team will not play in Kinshasa. We accept the apology because the Congo is a country that sticks to its word, and when we give our word, we respect it. When we face a situation that does not conform to our values, we do not go along with it, and that is why the decision to withdraw was taken.”

This decision raised the possibility of canceling the match between the Moroccan national team and the Congolese national team, scheduled for next Tuesday, June 11, as it was also scheduled to be played in the same stadium in Kinshasa, and the Congolese Ministry of Sports insists on its position to play its matches in the capital, Brazzaville.

Congolese media had announced the desire of the Congo-Brazzaville Football Association to change the venue for the third and fourth round matches against Niger and Morocco to the Alphonse Masamba Debate Stadium instead of the Martyrs Stadium in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Matchday 3 fixtures, Friday 7 June

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amenina wrote: Wed May 29, 2024 17:12 Cameroon replace coach Brys after Eto'o argument

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/ar ... gg89g9enzo

Marc Brys has been replaced as head coach of Cameroon - without taking charge of a game - after he was involved in a heated exchange with Samuel Eto'o, the president of the country's football federation (Fecafoot).

Martin Ndtoungou was named as interim boss of the Indomitable Lions following an emergency meeting of Fecafoot's executive committee.

A statement from the governing body cited "disrespectful comments" by Brys and "an outright refusal to collaborate" among several reasons for replacing the Belgian, as well as "inappropriate behaviour" by the coach and his assistants.

Brys was appointed in early April by Cameroon's sport ministry but Fecafoot expressed its "great astonishment" at the move and said the decision had been "taken unilaterally".

Former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker Eto'o had reportedly drawn up his own list of higher-profile candidates for the role, and was not present when Brys, 62, was unveiled as boss.

The two men met at Fecafoot's offices in Yaounde on Tuesday, but videos on social media showed a fiery conversation between the pair before Brys swiftly left.

Eto'o, who has been president of Fecafoot since December 2021, was also shown having a row with an official from the sports ministry.

The ministry is yet to comment on this latest development in the power struggle between itself and Fecafoot.

The drama comes in the build-up to next month's qualifiers for the 2026 Fifa World Cup, with Cameroon hosting Cape Verde on 8 June before travelling to Angola on 11 June.

Ndtoungou, 66, is scheduled to announce his squad for those games during a news conference on Thursday.

The Central Africans are top of Group D with four points from two games, with the group winners assured of a place at the finals in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Cameroon reinstate Brys as boss as Eto'o apologises

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/arti ... 559r20nmdo

Marc Brys has been reinstated as coach of Cameroon after Samuel Eto'o, the president of the country's football federation (Fecafoot), apologised for a row which led to the Belgian being replaced just two days ago.


‘Dictator’ Eto’o and chaos in Cameroonian football

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/arti ... xxny8w745o
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Matchday 3 fixtures, Saturday 8 June

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Lesotho (!) leading the Group after 3 matches was not something I could have ever imagined :exclamation:
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Firnen wrote: Sat Jun 08, 2024 14:50 Lesotho (!) leading the Group after 3 matches was not something I could have ever imagined :exclamation:
Group C is tight, 5 of the 9 matches so far were draws, and only 3 points separate the top from bottom.
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Matchday 4 fixtures, Sunday 9 June

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Matchday 4 fixtures, Monday 10 June

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Nigeria lost 1-2 "away" to Benin (match actually played in Cote d'Ivoire).

So Nigeria still have no wins, and only 3 points after 4 matches, their World Cup qualifying campaign is in big trouble.
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