CAS uphold CAF decision on Burkina Faso

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 today.

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 21 January and 12 February and Burkina Faso are in Malabo-based Group B with Côte d'Ivoire, Angola and Sudan.