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AFCON 2021: Senegal have a key player back as CAF overrules FIFA

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CAF has permitted Papa Gueye to join the Lions for the rest of the tournament. 


The world football governing body (FIFA) started their investigations over Papa Gueye’s failed transfer to Watford earlier this year. The FIFA officials subsequently banned the player from all official competitions for four months.

The decision meant Senegal would have to play without the 22-year-old in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. However, a new decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport has suspended FIFA’s initial ban.

“Pape Gueye gets cause following his appeal. Court of Arbitration for Sports suspends FIFA ruling so the midfielder will indeed continue the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with Team Senegal. Here we go,” read a statement on the FSF Facebook.


Gueye was still under contract at La Havre when he agreed to join Watford as a free agent in April 2020. The Premier League side announced they had signed the player on a five-year deal. However, the deal fell through, and the Senegalese ended up joining Marseille on July 1. 

Gueye played for France’s youth level teams before choosing Senegal for his senior career. The defensive midfielder made his debut for the Lions in November 2021.

Senegal will be able to use Gueye in their final group-stage game against Malawi. The Lions sit second behind Guinea on goal difference in the Group B standings.