Guinea Bissau FA Vice President Johnny Mendes on Wednesday held a press conference to respond to concerns regarding the protest the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) had lodged with CAF over goalkeeper Papa Masse Mbaye Fall’s eligibility.
In his statement obtained by Chipolopolo Die Hards, Mendes started by saying the Zambians allege that the goalkeeper received his passport [Guinea-Bissau] on the day of the game which is simply not the case.
“We received the protest on the same day of the game from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Which, in turn, gave us 48 hours to submit supporting documents of the nationality of the player. “You can stay calm, we have all the documents proving that the player has Guinean nationality and everything is legally binding, don’t forget that I ‘m a lawyer by profession and i know how to address these issues, be rest assured we are safe,” said Mendes.
Papa Masse Mbaye Fall is a previous holder of a Spanish passport and he has lived and plays in Spain, and has Guinean documentation which includes registration, identity card and passport of Guinea-Bissau.
He said it is very surprising that the Zambians questioned the situation of the goalie, when the same procedure was done for three other players who represented the country in the same game against Zambia.
“Why for instance didn’t they inquire on Frederic Mendy for instance who was born in France or Tony Sá Brito and Kaby who were both born in Guinea-Bissau but possess passports of Portugal?”
Guinea-Bissau are now awaiting the verdict from CAF, but Federal officials in the country believe that “nothing is going to change” in relation to the outcome of the game against Zambia.
A game that ensured that the Guinea Bissau made history by securing qualification to their first ever AFCON tournament.