Guinea drop Constant from Nations Cup squad

January 12, 2008

CONAKRY, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Guinea have replaced French-born defender Kevin Constant with Mamadou Dioulde Bah in their squad for the African Nations Cup finals.

The Guinea Football Federation said the Toulouse defender had not been given permission by FIFA to play for the country in the upcoming tournament in Ghana.

'FIFA have told us he does not qualify to play in this competition,' Fode Capi Camara, secretary general of the Guinea Football Federation, told Reuters.

'With the permission of the player we sent a dossier to FIFA to prove the Guinean origins of his mother to allow him to play for the national team. Unfortunately this investigation will not been completed in time.'

The 20-year-old Constant has already been capped by the west Africans in a friendly match against Senegal in October.

Replacement Bah is from French club Racing Strasbourg but has yet to make a first team appearance. The 19-year-old is also uncapped at international level.

Guinea play hosts Ghana in the opening game of the Nations Cup in Accra on Jan. 20.