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CAS confirm CAF decision on Zengue

[Posted 10 Jan 2012]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Man who was at the center of the storm

Much to the relief of Burkina Faso and even the Confederation of African Football, the Court of Arbitration on Sports has ruled against the appeal by the Namibian Football Association in an attempt to overturn the CAF ruling that the NFA failed to follow proper procedure in their case that Burkina Faso used an ineligible player (Cameroonian-born Herve Zengue) during the AFCON qualifiers.

The decision by CAS to uphold the CAF ruling in favour of Burkina Faso, means that Stallions can go ahead and participate at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon due to kick-off on 21 January. Namibia's Brave Warriors miss out.

Twice CAF had ruled against Namibia, and insisted that the NFA did not meet the prerequisite that their case referral should have been counter-signed by the Burkina Faso captain, which unfortunatey for the Brave Warriors, the NFA forgot to do.

The NFA contended that despite the technicality that their complaint was not counter-signed, Zengue did not meet the Fifa laid down criteria for switching nationality from Cameroon to Burkina Faso.

The Fifa statues stipulate that for a player to successfully change nationality, he must meet the following criteria, that: (a) he was born on the territory of the relevant Association; (b) his biological mother or biological father was born on the territory of the relevant Association; (c) his grandmother or grandfather was born on the territory of the relevant Association; (d) he has lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the relevant Association.

Zengue had been offered citizenship solely on the basis that he had married a Burkinable woman, but the FA of that country had not regularised his nationality switch with Fifa. Clearly, Zengue was ineligible to play for Burkina Faso, and CAF, not even Namibia, should have simply invoked the Fida statutes to ban the Stallions even without the NFA having taken the matter up with them.

Sadly for Namibia, these things happen where law is concerned.

CAS had to decide on whether the decision by CAF at law was both procedurally and substantively fair. While there could be different schools of thought on the correctness of the CAS decision, what is important is that there is at least closure on the matter, at least for now. But has justice really been served? Thats the million dollar question.

The most important part of the judgement by CAS is as follows:



  •  The appeal filed by the Namibia Football Association on 8 December 2011 against the decision of the Appeal Board of the Confederation of African football dated 24 November 2011 is dismissed.


  •  The decision of the Appeal Board of the Confederation of African Football dated 24  November 2011 is confirmed.


  •  The Namibia Football Association shall bear the costs of arbitration, to be determined and served by the CAS Court Office.


  •  The Namibia Football Association shall contribute the sum of 5,000 Swiss Francs towards the legal fees and other expenses incurred by the CAF in connection with these arbitration proceedings.


  •  All other or further claims are dismissed.

Now the Afcon games can begin.

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