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Equatorial Guinea Face Ban from FIFA over Former Coach Becker Arrears

World football governing body FIFA, through its disciplinary committee, has given Equatorial Guinea Football Association (Feguifut) 30 days to pay former head coach Esteban Becker over USD 1.6million for wrongful dismissal or face sanctions in failure.

Further, the Disciplinary Committee also fined the Feguifut USD 54,300 as costs sustained in connection with the arbitration procedures as well as those of the proceedings.

The central African nation will risk being excluded from the ongoing 2022 World Cup qualifiers Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers if the federation fails to pay him as of 11 October to 10 November.

The Argentinean coach tactician was in charge of the Equatorial Guinea national team from 2015-2017 but illegally dismisses on March17, 2022, for poor results, after one year at the helm of the Nzalang National.

Becker had replaced Andoni Goikoetxea who was shown the door following breach of contract after he failed to turn up at their base in Portugal where they have pitched camp ahead of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

He was previously in-charge of Equatorial Guinea women’s team whom he led to led to the African title in 2012.

Should Equatorial Guinea fail to remit the amount, FIFA may opt to withhold its grant to the country or lock it out of international competitions.

Feguifut is also engaged in another battle with a former women’s national team head coach Miguel Angel Pozanco from Spain for wrongful dismissal.

Pozanco filed a petition with FIFA and was awarded 644,000 Euros by the world football governing body for unlawful termination of services and payments due for the remainder of his contract and damages.

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