Targeted by a complaint from Nigeria for alleged age fraud after qualifying for the CAN U23, Guinea has just been fixed on its fate.
Shortly after his victory over the Olympic Eagles of Nigeria (2-0) on March 28, confirming the qualification for CAN U23 in Morocco, Guinea found themselves in the crosshairs of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF). Indeed, the Nigerian body filed an appeal with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) against the Syli U23 for having fielded a player suspected of exceeding the fixed age limit, in this case the striker Alsény Soumah ( Horoya AC).
It’s the end of the match at the Prince Moulay El Hassan stadium in Rabat. Guinea won (2-0) against Nigeria thanks to goals from Algassime Bah and Alseny Soumah.
— Guinean Football Federation (@fgfofficiel) March 28, 2023
CAF rejects Nigeria
After several weeks, the CAF has finally decided. The latter rejected Nigeria’s complaint and validated the qualification of the selection led by Morlaye Cissé. A decision which comes after the Guinean Football Federation (Féguifoot) demonstrated the absence of fraud and disavowed the NFF, which nevertheless claimed to have “concrete proof of what it advances”as explained by the media Foot224. An award which contrasts above all with that pronounced in favor of the Cameroon who himself saw Gabon disqualified after his claim against the Panthereaux, for a similar reason.
The Guinea U23 team can now turn to the AFCON U23, which takes place on Moroccan soil from June 24 to July 8, 2023. The Alsény Soumah band will make their debut in the opening match against the country organizer, Morocco, in group A. It will then successively face Congo and Ghana on June 27 and 30.