Author: GERALD IMRAY | AP
Tuesday 10 January 2012
The Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport said it
confirmed the Confederation of African Football's decision in November to
reject Namibia's appeal over the eligibility of Cameroon-born defender Herve
Namibia wanted to replace Burkina Faso at the Jan. 21-Feb.
12 Cup of Nations after losing out to the Burkinabes in qualifying last year,
arguing Zengue was not eligible to play for his adopted country.
The Namibia Football Association had twice protested to CAF
over Zengue's presence in Burkina Faso's team.
After Africa's ruling body rejected both of those appeals,
Namibia turned to CAS.
Namibia said that the 27-year-old Zengue, who was born in
Yaounde but is married to a woman from Burkina Faso, still did not meet FIFA
criteria to play for his adopted country.
In its finding, CAS said Zengue moved to Burkina Faso in
1994, was issued with a nationality certificate in 2006 and received a
Burkinabe passport on March 25, 2011 — a day before he played in the first of
two qualifying victories over Namibia.
African football body CAF said in its statement that
Tuesday's decision also ordered the Namibia Football Association to pay 5,000
Swiss francs ($5,275) toward its legal fees for the CAS hearing.