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FKF looking at options over Starlets' AWCON exclusion
By Zachary Oguda | Thu 15 Nov, 2018 11:06

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday 14 November in their bid to reverse Harambee Starlets' exclusion from the Africa Women's Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON).

The tournament kicks off on Saturday 17 November with Starlets having been thrown out of the showpiece after having earlier been being reinstated when CAF banned Equatorial Guinea for fielding an ineligible player in the qualifiers.

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Overturned

The CAF Appeals Board overturned that suspension on 7 November, reinstating Equatorial Guinea just 10 days to the competition while FKF President Nick Mwendwa in an interview with the BBC confirmed they had adequately prepared the team for the showpiece.

"We can get to Ghana on Saturday. But we expect that if CAS would make such a decision, then we would go back to CAF and say this is what it is and we need about two days to get there. They will have to rework something."

"They included us in the draw and in the fixtures, so we prepared our team. For them to make a decision nine or 10 days to the event, is why we are in the problem we are in. If they came back to us one month ago, then we would have had enough time - but they did not," said Mwendwa.

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Settlement

Mwendwa further asserted that if the appeal doesn’t go through, they will seek a financial settlement.

"If the court says we're out - then we have no recourse - but I can tell you we will pursue compensation if that happens. If the court says we have a case, and they want to remove Equatorial Guinea or even include us as the ninth team, which we have said is a possible scenario, then we are ready to go to CAF and say 'here's a decision, how do we proceed?'

"It's not just about money, there is a lot at stake. I need our argument understood. We are saying that in terms of procedure, CAF did not inform us when an appeal was filed by Equatorial Guinea, and therefore we did not defend ourselves at the appeals committee. They went ahead and gave us fixtures which caused the whole country to prepare - not just the team but the whole country. So, we're saying it's unfair for them to remove us at this stage," Mwendwa added

Starlets have been preparing for the continental showpiece, their second on the trot, with friendly games against Ghana, Kenya Women Premier League select team and a tie against the Kenya U15 team.

Also Read: AFCON U23Q: Kenya begins journey with emphatic victory over Mauritius

Zachary Oguda

Twitter: @zaxoguda

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