On Monday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport temporarily lifted FIFA’s ban on Pepe Gueye, allowing the Marseille midfielder to represent Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations.
A CAS spokesman told the media that the Lausanne-based court had yet to rule on FIFA’s decision to ban the 22-year-old from all official competitions for four months, but that he was “not suspended for the time being”.
Gueye is said to be in Cameroon, along with the Senegalese team, before he “obtained a suspension”. That leaves him available for Tuesday’s game, as Senegal face Malawi in a match that will require at least a draw to ensure progress to the Round of 16.
FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber also imposed a one-year transfer ban on Marseille. The ruling follows a complaint from Premier League side Watford.
After starting his career at Le Havre, Gueye was due to become a free agent in the summer of 2020. In April of that time, he inked a pre-contract with Watford before changing his mind and agreeing a deal with Marseille.
He has since appeared 61 times for the Ligue 1 club in all competitions.
Gueye played for France at under-18 and under-19 position before concluding to represent Senegal, where his parents come from.