After the Confederation of African Football (CAF) kicked Mauritius out of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification round, the Super Eagles will meet Sao Tome & Principe.
The CAF upheld Sao Tome and Principe’s appeal against Mauritius’ claim that they fielded an illegible player in a qualification match between the two sides on Wednesday.
Andriano Eusebio’s team is now in Group A of the qualifiers, alongside Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau.
After skipper Luis Leal failed to give a valid Covid-19 test before their preliminary round match against the Dodos in March, Sao Tome and Principe were initially booted out of the qualifications.
“São Tomé and Príncipe Football Association took the decision of the CAF Disciplinary Board (08 May 2022) to overturn the results of their match against Mauritius in the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations preliminary qualifiers played on 24 March 2022 on review with the CAF Appeals Board,”reads a statement on CAF’s website.
“After hearing both parties’ presentations, the CAF Appeals Board ruled that:
– The Appeal of São Tomé and Príncipe Football Association is considered admissible in form.
– The Appeal of the São Tomé and Príncipe Football Association is upheld and the decision of the CAF Disciplinary Board is set aside in its entirety.
– The result of match between Mauritius and São Tomé and Príncipe is ratified and validated.
– The São Tomé and Príncipe Football Association shall be reimbursed the Appeal fees.
On June 13, the Falcons and the Super Eagles will meet in a matchday two match.