In a few days the women’s World Cup will take place in Germany. This is a competition I really look forward to and the BBC actually show highlights from it – shock horror. It’s a chance to see the players we read about from all over the world and every time there are a few countries taking part that we know little or nothing about.
This time round Equatorial Guinea will be making their debut in the competition as part of a tough group which includes Norway, Australia and last years runner’s up, Brazil. So you’d think they would want all of their very best players available, right? Wrong!
Star players and sisters, Salimata and Bilguisa Simpore, have both been dropped from the team because, wait for it, they have been accused of being men by members of the Ghana team after their game in the 2010 African Women’s Championship in South Africa.
The Ghanaian captain went as far as to say
It is not as if we are throwing sour grapes, just because we have lost. Rather, this is the fact and it is up to the organisers to do something about this. It is not good for African women’s football
For the love of God, what is wrong with people? The CAF (Confederation of African Football) have not commented on the matter, but these women are out of the competition, which is a big deal, so why the silence? Come on people, lets sort this out. Nigeria are leading the calls to have the matter investigated once and for all.
Equatorial Guinea is not new to controversy. Australia has already questioned the validity of their team as apparently 13 of the 20 squad members were not born in the state. This does not, however, impact on the accusations being made against the sisters and should not diminish the fact that two excellent players are going to miss out on the world’s largest competition for their sport.