The court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has turned down Cameroon’s appeal to deliver a quick verdict about Cameroon’s appeal against a CAF decision to reinstate Gabon back into the 2023 U23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after initial suspension.
TAS release the decision this Tuesday stating they can’t make a quick review of the case. This almost puts an end to all appeal procedures, hence confirming the qualification of Gabon for the tournament as obtained on the pitch.
Gabon had been disqualified by the CAF disciplinary committee due to error made in registration of Floriss Djave.
The team was guilty of mistakenly swapping the birth date of one Floriss Djave when registering him for the competition.
However, the CAF had reinstated Gabon in the U23 AFCON after overturning an earlier decision to disqualify them.
The Court of Arbitration for Sports has rejected @FecafootOfficie's appeal against the @CAF_Online decision to reinstate @fegafoot_gabon in the U-23 AFCON that starts this month.
Gabon will be in Morocco for the competition. pic.twitter.com/qbiwlEd5KA
— Angu Lesley (@angulesley442) June 20, 2023
The Panthers defeated Cameroon on post match penalties in Yaoundé after a 1-1 aggregate tie and will be lodged in group B alongside defending champions Egypt, Mali and Niger.
Gabon will be one of the nations to participate at the eight-team tournament which doubles as qualifiers for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
The U23 AFCON is scheduled to run from June 24 to July 8, 2023 in Morocco.
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