Black Maidens Without Kicking A Ball
The Congolese failed to show up at the Accra Sports Stadium for the first leg of the qualifying round yesterday, compelling the match officials to call off the game and declare the Maidens winners with the three points and three goals.
However, with the certainty that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will punish Congo for not showing up, the Maidens will be declared winners of this tie and land them into the final qualifiers in November.
The Match Commisioner, Floriane Affoutou from Benin, who supervised the pre-match formalities when the Maidens reported for the match, told the Ghana Football Association that “As you are aware, Congo failed to report for the match so it has been called off and Ghana are winners. CAF will write to you about the next line of action.”
Should the Maidens be declared winners of the tie, their opponents for the final qualifying round in November, will be Equatorial Guinea who also found themselves in a similar situation as the Maidens.
They were scheduled to play Kenya but the Kenyans failed to make the trip to Malabo and could also be sanctioned just as the Congolese.
The World Cup qualfying series form part of the process through which CAF will select its three representatives for the 2014 tournament in Costa Rica in March.