JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 10 – Burkina Faso have been cleared to play in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations after a legal bid by Namibia to have them disqualified failed, African football’s governing body CAF said on Tuesday.
Namibia claimed Cameroon-born left-back Herve Zengue was ineligible to play against them in the qualifying competition and after two appeals to CAF failed, they took their case to the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
But a statement on the CAF website said the move to overturn the decision of its appeal board was dismissed with costs and Namibia must also contribute toward the legal costs incurred by the African body.
The Cup of Nations will be staged in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea between January 21 and February 12 and Burkina Faso are in Malabo-based Group B with Ivory Coast, Angola and Sudan.
Meanwhile from Lusaka, Zambia named a 23-man squad on Tuesday for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations between January 21 and February 12 in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
The 1974 and 1994 runners-up play Senegal in their opening Group A fixture followed by matches against Libya and Equatorial Guinea, with the pool winners and runners-up advancing to the knockout stage.
Goalkeepers: Kalililo Kakonje (TP Mazembe/COD), Kennedy Mweene (Free State Stars/RSA), Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos)
Defenders: Hichani Himonde, Francis Kasonde, Stopilla Sunzu (all Mazembe/COD), Kampamba Chintu (BIDVest Wits/RSA), Nyambe Mulenga (Zesco Utd), Joseph Musonda (Lamontville Golden Arrows/RSA), Davies Nkausu (SuperSport Utd/RSA)
Midfielders: Felix Katongo, Nathan Sinkala (both Green Buffaloes), Isaac Chansa (Orlando Pirates/RSA), Noah Chivuta (Free State Stars/RSA), Rainford Kalaba (Mazembe/COD), Christopher Katongo (Henan Jienye/CHN), Chisamba Lungu (Ural Oblast/RUS), Clifford Mulenga (Bloemfontein Celtic/RSA), Jonas Sakuwaha (El Merreikh/SUD)
Strikers: James Chamanga (Dalian Shide/CHN), Evans Kangwa (Nkana), Emmanuel Mayuka (Young Boys/SUI), Collins Mbesuma (Golden Arrows/RSA)