CAF says Namibia appeal rejected by CAS

CAF says Namibia appeal rejected by CAS

Published Jan. 10, 2012 6:44 a.m. ET

The African football confederation says sport's highest court has upheld its decision to allow Burkina Faso to compete in the African Cup of Nations and rejected an appeal by Namibia over an ineligible player.

The Confederation of African Football says, quoting a ruling by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, that Namibia's appeal over the eligibility of Cameroon-born defender Herve Zengue has been dismissed.

Namibia protested to CAF over Zengue's presence in Burkina Faso's team after losing out to the Burkinabes in qualifying for this month's African Cup.

CAF also says the Namibia Football Association must pay 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,275) toward its legal fees for the CAS hearing.