Namibia FA complains over Burkina Faso player

Namibia Football Association officials said Tuesday they have

lodged a formal protest after suspecting Burkina Faso of fielding

an ineligible player in two African Cup of Nations qualifying

matches.

NFA president John Muinjo and secretary general Barry Rukoro

both told The Associated Press their association has complained to

the Confederation of African Football over Burkina Faso’s

Cameroon-born defender Herve Zengue, who they believe does not meet

FIFA rules of eligibility.

Zengue played in Burkina Faso’s 4-1 win over Namibia in Windhoek

on Saturday, which ended Namibia’s hopes of reaching next year’s

African Cup.

He also played in a game between the countries on March 26 which

Burkina Faso won 4-0 – just a day after he was supposedly granted a

Burkinabe passport.

FIFA laws say a player has to apply to the world governing body

for a change of nationality after being granted a new

citizenship.

”The fact that he (Zengue) became a Burkina Faso national is

not enough to make him eligible to play in this (March 26) match,”

NFA secretary general Rukoro said. ”There are a lot of other

procedures that he must have to adhere to.

”It’s fine if he did that but we cannot take chances and accept

that he might have done that.”

Burkina Faso leads the three-team Group F in Cup of Nations

qualifying and will reach the tournament if Gambia does not beat

Namibia in September.

CAF could disqualify Burkina Faso from the competition if the

27-year-old Zengue, who plays for Terek Grozny, is found to be

ineligible.

Last month, the continent’s ruling body threw Africa’s reigning

club champion – TP Mazembe of Congo – out of the African Champions

League for fielding a player who was registered with another club

and therefore ineligible.