On Friday, the BBC reported that Equatorial Guinea is officially kicked out of qualifying for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. FIFA determined that the team had fielded 10 ineligible players using forged documents and punished the African nation for cheating.
The “ineligible players” were Brazilian-born and played in the qualifying rounds for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In April 2016, Equatorial Guinea was banned from competing in Rio after officials found that player Camila Maria do Carmo Nobre de Oliveir had used false documents. And recently, the team has been banned from the 2020 Summer Games. FIFA has also fined the country’s football association $102,000.
De Oliveir played in the Women’s Africa Cup as well, which means Equatorial Guinea will no longer be able to play in the 2018 and 2020 tournaments.
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The team has only qualified for one World Cup in the nation’s history. In 2011, they played in Germany and lost all three of their group stage matches.