Namibia FA lose appeal at Court of Arbitration for Sport against Burkina Faso

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) has dismissed an appeal brought before it by the Namibian FA seeking to disqualify Burkina Faso from the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations for allegedly fielding an ineligible player during the qualifying campaign.

The southern Africans are contending that the inclusion of Cameroon-born Herve Zengue in the Stallions squad during their double encounters was illegal.

The Namibians lost their first appeal on November 15, 2011 before the Caf Board of Appeal on technical grounds.

However, their quest to have the ruling overturned hit a snag again on Tuesday when Cas dismissed it with only a week and a half left before the start of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

“The decision of the Appeal Board of the Confederation of African Football dated 24 November 2011 is confirmed,” a statement issued by Caf said.

“The Namibia Football Association shall bear the costs of arbitration, to be determined and served by the Cas Court Office.

It concluded, “All other or further claims are dismissed.”