Emilio Nsue not eligible to play for Equatorial Guinea – FIFA

Emilio Nsue not eligible to play for Equatorial Guinea – FIFA

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has ruled that Emilio Nsue, the top scorer at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, was never eligible to play for Equatorial Guinea throughout his 11-year international career.

Against this backdrop, Nsue has been banned from international football for six months and the Equatoguinean Football Federation(Feguifut)fined 150,000 Swiss francs (£131,000).

Furthermore, a document published by Fifa on Monday detailed that Equatorial Guinea would be stripped of their World Cup 2026 qualification victories against Namibia and Liberia, with their opponents awarded a three-goal win.

Both games ended 1-0 thanks to Nsue goals.

The judgement is based on Nsue playing competitive matches for Spain’s youth teams before featuring for Equatorial Guinea’s senior side without having been granted permission for a change of association.

The player had played 26 games for Spain youth teams from under-16 to under-21 levels across six years through 2011.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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