Holders Cameroon are on a collision course with FIFA after wearing their outlawed one-piece strip for their African Nations Cup quarter-final against Nigeria.
Cameroon had used the pioneering kit for their three group games, but were ordered by the game's governing body worldwide and local organisers not to wear it for the knockout stages as it infringed tournament rules. However Cameroon, whose sleeveless shirts at the 2002 finals in Mali were also subsequently banned by FIFA, appeared for Sunday's kick-off still wearing the controversial kit.
Captain Rigobert Song was quoted on the website of German kit suppliers Puma before the game as saying the strip had been approved by the continental footballing authority, the Confederation of African Football.
"The team is quite appalled by how FIFA can suddenly, from out of nothing, intervene and seemingly with no self-criticism overrule something that has already been approved. This playing kit issue has simply taken on ridiculous proportions. It is, without a doubt, bitterly disappointing that we have to deal with this kind of nonsense in the middle of a top competition," he said.
Mohammed Iya, head of the Cameroon football federation, told its website during the group phase that the matter was for Puma to resolve, but warned of the lead time that would be needed to manufacture and supply replacement kits.
Filed by Mark O'Neill-Cummins