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Salimata Simpore to face Banyana Banyana

Posted: 11 November 2010 Time: 10:32

Banyana Banyana go into today's African Women's Championship semifinal at the Sinaba Stadium against a controversial Equatorial Guinea side that have blatantly broken FIFA rules.

The eligibility of a number of the Equatorial Guinea players has been called into question, most notably Cote d'Ivoire-born striker Salimata Simpore who, it is claimed, even played for the Ivorians in the qualifiers!

The match is of vital importance of course, because the winners will qualify for next year’s FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, a stage Banyana have never before reached.

They lost to Equatorial Guinea in the last African Women's Championship Final in 2008, but that tournament had no bearing on the World Cup places.

It will be interesting to see what Safa does should they lose today, because CAF have already waved away one protest from Cameroon over Simpore, limply citing a lack of evidence and saying they would need to launch a full investigation, which would only happen some time after the current tournament ends.

But it is not just Simpore who is a controversial member of the side. Banyana will be up against women from Brazil, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Senegal, all fast-tracked as Equatorial Guinea citizens.

But FIFA brought in regulations several years ago that is supposed to stop countries handing passports to ‘bought’ players. Instead, players who seek to play for countries other than their own must prove they have blood ties to their new country or must serve a three-year residency period.

But Equatorial Guinea are flying in Brazilians and west Africans to do their dirty work, making them citizens, and the country has gone from being one of the minnows of African football to real contenders in the women's game in just a few years.

However, when they won the tournament in 2008, the same set of circumstances applied, but CAF showed no willingness to address the matter and so they have been allowed to flout the rules once more in 2010.

In today's first semifinal, Nigeria play Cameroon in what should be a fantastic west African battle between two top sides … made up of players from their own countries.

Previous comments on this story...

Bucks Sea Robbers
posted: 11:22 am
Good day Forks
Nigeria is leading Cameroon as expected
posted: 11:53 am
It matters not, South Africa should just go out there and wallop this United Nations parading as Guinea!
posted: 12:17 pm
Naija,SA in the final.It will be nice to beat Naija girls for thefirst time and it even be more sweeter if its in the final.Go Banyana Banyana go!
posted: 01:03 pm
Just go there and do what u can. itrust the naija falcons let the guineans brings in the brazillian national team as far as they are competwting in AWC they would be trash.
so stop all this excuses and play ur game.
Trouble Shooter
posted: 03:16 pm
This Simpore of a "woman" is a man! What is wrong with CAF? Issa Hyattou is a freaking goat. I am sure his Cameroonian yash has been bribed by EG. How can a man play in a women competition? Thats fraud. The same thing happened in 2008. They had 2 men in their squad!
posted: 05:48 pm
South Africans you people complain a lot, every body know the population of EG, they are very small and if they get other people to play for them i don't think is bad, you people can get some as well,why do you people always cry like baby, if it is U17 or U20 you will say they are over age, now proof yourself wordy to play final, because meeting Nigeria is not a small thing remember they have many of the girls that played in the final of the FIFA U20, do not use this as excuse when you loose today against EG.
Trouble Shooter
posted: 06:20 pm
@ Chain Gang Commander:

So Bayana Bayana did not "manage" to beat Equatorial Guinea? They are not good so they cannot "manage" to win. By the way how can they "manage" to win when they cannot "manage" to play a well "managed" game in a "managed" atmosphere?

Even Chain Gang Commander and Jimmy_Vat_Alles_Tau "managed" to give their support by boasting and giving false prediction, but these girls cannot "manage" to bring joy to the faces of South Africans.

This is a "managed" disaster!

What is the guarantee that BB would "manage to beat Cameroon and "manage" to take third place?

So South African Coach "managed" to congratulate the Guineans? Wao what a good "manager".
posted: 03:52 pm
Actually Cameroon is an East African Country, not West Africa. They Have common Boundary with West Africa. CAF must pls take this issue of gender cheating allegations in women football very seriously to maintain confidence in the game. This test should simply be on sex differences and no more to avoid the embarrassment we had on Caster's case.
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