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Nov 17 08 1:41 AM

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GROUP A
15.11 Equatorial Guinea 1-0 Cameroon, Congo 1-0 Mali
GROUP B
16.11 Ghana 1-1 Nigeria, South Africa 2-1 Tunisia

In Group A, the hosts Equatorial Guinea scored the first shock of the tournament by beating 4th favourites Cameroon, who have previously been to 2 finals. Equatorial Guinea have been improving at a steady pace, and qualified for the last tournament also, gaining a draw and 2 defeats from their first 3 matches. They have attracted some criticism though for their fast-track naturalising of players from Nigeria and Cameroon, as well as Brazil, and were even accused by South Africa of fielding two MEN in their team recently.

Congo are another up and coming force in Africa, and this was their first ever match in the finals tournament. A victory against Mali was to be expected, but Mali did well after problems with flights almost forced them to miss the match.

Cameroon and Mali must try to focus on their remaining 2 matches if they are to avoid exiting at the group stage, while Equatorial Guinea and Congo go head to head on Tuesday, with the winners looking to all but seal their place in the semi-finals.

In Group B, Ghana came within 3 minutes of beating perennial champions Nigeria (who have won all previous African finals), but alas couldn't hold on to their lead, and had to settle for a 1-1 draw. It is perhaps a sign that Nigeria's dominance will be seriously threatened this year. South Africa had a narrow 2-1 win against the tournament's other debutantes, Tunisia, who have the misfortune of being placed in a group with 3 of the strongest (if not the 3 strongest) sides on the continent. At least it will give Tunisia much needed experience, and give them an idea of what they still have to do to get close to the top teams. I expect Ghana and Nigeria will be just too strong for South Africa, and will reach the semis.
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Nov 19 08 9:09 AM

Re: 2008 African Women's Championship in Equatorial Guinea

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GROUP A
15.11 Equatorial Guinea 1-0 Cameroon, Congo 1-0 Mali
GROUP B
16.11 Ghana 1-1 Nigeria, South Africa 2-1 Tunisia

In Group A, the hosts Equatorial Guinea scored the first shock of the tournament by beating 4th favourites Cameroon, who have previously been to 2 finals. Equatorial Guinea have been improving at a steady pace, and qualified for the last tournament also, gaining a draw and 2 defeats from their first 3 matches. They have attracted some criticism though for their fast-track naturalising of players from Nigeria and Cameroon, as well as Brazil, and were even accused by South Africa of fielding two MEN in their team recently.

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Where do you got that info? How they convinced female players from Nigeria/Cameroon and even Brazil to play for Equatorial Guinea???

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Nov 19 08 4:24 PM

I'm pretty sure it's money. Certain sectors of Equatorial Guinea's society are getting rich from the recent influx of oil money, and I'm sure that football is receiving a boost from this oil money too, as we can see that both the men's and women's football team have been improving recently, and Equatorial Guinea will even be co-hosts for CAN 2012, something that would have been unimaginable even 10 years ago.

Cameroon beat Mali 2-1 also yesterday in Group A, so Equatorial Guinea have qualified for the semis

EQG 6
CAM 3
COG 3
MLI 0

Final matches on Friday
Cameroon v Congo
Equatorial Guinea v Mali

The winner of the Cameroon v Congo match (or Cameroon if the match is a draw) will qualify for the semis alongside Equatorial Guinea. Cameroon should start favourites due to their experience, but Congo did win 2-0 in Cameroon in a friendly last year in the country's only women's international match to date, so it is not a foregone conclusion for Cameroon. Mali are out after 2 straight defeats, and it is likely that Equatorial Guinea will want to beat them in their last game to avoid a possible clash with Nigeria (who will be expected to win Group B) in the semis.

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Nov 19 08 4:28 PM

Group B today - big shock

South Africa 1-0 Ghana.

South Africa qualify for the semi-finals after 2 victories

SAF 6
NGA 1
GHA 1
TUN 0

Nigeria v Tunisia is today's later game...... Ghana's only hope now is that South Africa can beat Nigeria in the last game (unless Tunisia somehow manage to beat Nigeria today).

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Nov 19 08 4:41 PM

Even bigger shock - Nigeria 0-0 Tunisia

So, South Africa will go into the semis as group winners, and have a real chance of making the final. Looks like Nigeria have a fight on their hands to even make the semis, as they must now beat South Africa in their final game. Ghana and Tunisia can also still make it if Nigeria fail to beat South Africa.

However, looks now like Equatorial Guinea v Nigeria, and South Africa v Cameroon in semi-finals.

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Nov 19 08 7:08 PM

and were even accused by South Africa of fielding two MEN in their team recently.


Thats got to be a lie how could you not tell you were playing against men and if they were how were they not caught. Also what would be the benefit of playing men in a womens tournament anyway.

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Nov 20 08 8:45 PM

March 13, 2007, 13:45

South Africa's national women's soccer team have objected to Equatorial Guinea "bending it like Beckham" by allegedly fielding two male players against them.

Fran Hilton-Smith, the Banyana Banyana team manager, said today a complaint had been laid with the Confederation of African Football (CAF). "These two are extremely physical, extremely strong and tall. They strike you. It's very clear they are not girls. The crowd was going off their heads [in protest]," she said.

Despite this alleged disadvantage, Banyana Banyana beat Equatorial Guinea 4-2 in Pretoria on Sunday. This secured them a place in the next round of qualifying for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Beating them in the face of these claimed odds had been a "motivating factor for my players", she said.

One a striker, other a defender
One of the allegedly male players was in a striking position, the other a central defender. Hilton-Smith was however not optimistic that the CAF would do much about the matter. She had approached FIFA who had asked for photographs and video footage and would conduct saliva tests. She said FIFA did not permit players to be inspected in the changing rooms as it considered this gender discrimination. Hilton-Smith said she suspected that one of the alleged Equatorial Guinean men had played for Cameroon against Banyana Banyana in 1998 and had since changed his name.

"In 1995 Nigeria came and played here [South Africa] and we suspected that two of them were boys. It was our first foray into international football and because we were the new kids on the block we did not do anything," she added. It was possible that either of the players were hermaphrodites, she said. "I would have objections playing against hermaphrodites, especially if the player has more male characteristics. It gives them an unfair advantage." She was also critical of the standard of refereeing at Sunday's match. One of the assistant referees allegedly celebrated when Equatorial Guinea scored.

"It's atrocious refereeing. I was glad that we had this in our home country, so that people can see what's going on. It's a common problem when you get referees from the north [of Africa] in matches against South Africa. FIFA should consider sending an expert out here to come and do testing and courses." - Sapa

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Nov 25 08 3:50 AM

These 2 'men' are still playing for Equatorial Guinea.

http://allafrica.com/stories/200811240810.html

Country Want E Guinea Players Tested

Kickoff (Cape Town)

24 November 2008
Posted to the web 24 November 2008

Nigeria have ramped up the pressure ahead of Tuesday's semifinal against Equatorial Guinea by requesting gender checks on two players representing the hosts.

A similar request from Cameroon in the earlier rounds was ignored by CAF but NFF First Vice President Amanze Uchegbulam, who heads Nigeria's delegation to the 6th African Women Championships, said on Sunday that the organisers must take action to ensure a level playing field.

"We know that the organizers may not take action but we feel strongly about this. There are two players in the Equatorial Guinea team whose gender is doubtful and CAF will do this competition a lot of good if their gender can be cleared.

"It is a competition where all the teams should have level playing field, including on gender matter," said Uchegbulam.

Another official, Tunde Aderibigbe, said the players involved are Number 5 Binguisa Simpore and Number 8 Salimata Simpore, who are originally from Burkina Faso.

"These two players are not women and this is a women's tournament," insisted Aderibigbe, the special assistant to NFF President Sani Lulu.

Nigeria play Equatorial Guinea in the tournament's first semi final on Tuesday, starting from 14h00 at the National Stadium, Malabo. The host team swept all maximum nine points from their three group phase games, having scored eight goals and conceded three, against Cameroon, Mali and Congo.

Nigeria's Falcons, winners of all five previous editions, sneaked into the semi finals as second best team in Group B after drawing with Ghana and Tunisia and piping South Africa, scoring only two goals and conceding one.
Tuesday's other semifinal is between South Africa and Cameroon, also in Malabo.

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Jul 12 11 4:39 PM

During the current World Cup 2011, FIFA has completely surprisingly found out, that Equatorial Guinea fielded players from other national teams. One woman, Jade, who already played for Spain (not sure if A-team or youth team), was suspended by FIFA timely before the World Cup.
But Vania, played the three WC-matches for Guinea, although she played once for Brazil A-team.FIFA had noticed that too lately.

In addition, FIFA has doubts about the naturalised brazilian players.
They were naturalize immediately, although the rule says, that the players must play or live three (?) years in the country.

What a failure of FIFA!!!! This forum knew that for three years, that Equatorial guinea is cheating, and FIFA noticed it only now.

By the way: As I live in Germany, I have seen some matches in television. I have never seen such worse referees.
This was the "best" mistake so far, but there were further dubious decisions.

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Jul 12 11 6:06 PM

I heard a story that FIFA suspended two players of EQ Guinea prior the tournament because there was some accusing that these two players are men. The quality of women´s football is still very low. Fortunately for the teams the horrible referees looked even worse. Don´t get me wrong I watched most of the games but the level of the performances were really low most of the times.

But regarding the failure of FIFA. It´s a shame that now days many FAs buy their players and giving them the passports they need. It´s a common way for many countries. The FA of Qatar admitted that they want to have a real national teams of the Qatari people during their WC in 2022. These days many of the players are Brazilians that have Qatari passports. Same problems with the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Now FIFA watches both FAs more than years ago and it seems that both sides are really national teams now.

One reason to like the minnows of Europe like Andorra, San Marino and Liechtenstein. Their footballing level is low but they make sure that they field a real representative side.

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