In my last post on this topic, I noted the controversy about the Equatorial Guinea women’s football team. Specifically there were claims that other teams claimed that a few of the Equatoguinean players were actually men. At the time I dismissed this as sour grapes until there was proof.
There is still no proof, but now it appears that there is some legitimate cause to question. Specifically, two star players, sisters named Salimata and Bilguisa Simpore, were dropped from the squad. Obviously it makes no sense to drop one’s star players just before a major tournament, and it looks especially bad in the light of the allegations. Also, Saltimata was accused of also playing for Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire, which is a major no-no (once you pick a senior side, you are stuck with it for better or for worse.) With the caveat that there is not incriminating evidence other than complaints from other teams, and innocent unless proven guilty, the actions of Equatorial Guinea are remarkably suspicious.
If I were a player from Ghana, South Africa, or Cameroon, the three nations who were most directly impacted by Equatorial Guinea’s success, I would be really pissed off right now.