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Uganda petitions CAF over overage players

KAMPALA – The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has petitioned the Confederation of African Football (CAF) alleging Zambia used overage players in last Friday’s 2015 Niger Africa Junior Championship final round first leg in Lusaka.
Patson Daka and Edwin Chipile scored in either half at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka to give Zambia a first leg advantage but with the return leg expected in a fortnight in Kampala, insiders have revealed to Kawowo Sports that FUFA has reported Zambia to CAF.
The players in question are yet to be revealed but Kawowo has reliably learnt that Daka, who plies his trade with top flight side Nchanga Rangers is the culprit.
“It’s amazing how an U-17 player can play in an African top tier division,” a source privy to FUFA who preferred anonymity told Kawowo Sports.
“We have thus petitioned CAF and want Zambia to prove his age,” a source added.
It should be noted that after the game, Uganda coach Mathias Lule hinted at this saying that the MRI scan used in Zambia maybe different from what is used elsewhere.
“Why should I complain? This is talent development and all I can say is that we should be using eligible players or maybe and just maybe, the MRI scan used in Zambia is different from ours,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has dared their Uganda counterparts to conduct Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) tests on the Zambian players to verify their age.
This was revealed by FAZ executive committee member in charge of youth football Lee Kawanu, who said the same should be done to Uganda’s Bashir Asiku.
“As far as I am concerned, all our players passed the MRI scan and if Uganda think they are overage, they are free to take players for a test and he should also conduct a test on their defender Asiku Bashir.
“Zambia played a highly tactical game and they deserved the victory over the Uganda cubs and accusing our team of age cheating is just a scapegoat,” Kawanu said.
It however, remains to be seen how this will end but both sides await the return leg in Kampala on September 27 with aggregate winners qualifying for the finals in Niger.
In 2010, Uganda were banned from the same competition for using Ivan Ntege, who was above the stipulated age after Zambia petitioned CAF.
CAF has already banned Gambia and Benin for using overage players.
IF CAF discovers that Zambia used players above the required age, they will face suspension as stated in article 33 clause 11 of the regulations of the competition. – KAWOWO SPORTS.

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