AFCON leading scorer faces six-month ban, two 2026 World Cup victories nullified by FIFA

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Emilio Nsue, who led Equatorial Guinea in scoring at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, was disqualified from ever playing for his country by FIFA throughout his whole eleven-year international career.

This was revealed in a thorough ruling on Monday by the international football governing body.

Equatorial Guinea had two victories in November qualifying games for the 2026 World Cup nullified by FIFA.

With goals by Nsue, the team defeated Liberia and Namibia by a score of 1-0.

But FIFA has now banned the former Spain U-21 international from national team games for six months, stating that he should not have featured in any of those matches.

Equatorial Guinea were ordered to default two World Cup qualifying games as 3-0 losses due to Nsue’s ineligibility, as per previous FIFA disciplinary decisions in 2013.

An official competitive match between Spain and Nsue occurred in March 2013, after which he “apparently only acquired the Equatoguinean nationality,” according to the report.

From the Under-16 level all the way up to the Under-21 level, the 34-year-old played 26 games for Spanish teams from 2006 to 2011.

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