Cosafa disqualifies Zambia U17 for age cheating

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cosafaZambia have been disqualified from the 2016 COSAFA Under-17 Championships in Mauritius for fielding two over-age players.

Below is the official statement from COSAFA confirming Zambia’s disqualification from the Under-17 Championship in Mauritius.

Zambia have been disqualified from the 2016 COSAFA Under-17 Championships being staged in Mauritius having been found to have fielded two over-age players for the tournament.

Consequently Malawi finish top of Group B and East African guest nation Kenya claim the runners-up spot.

Friday’s semi-final line-up therefore sees South Africa take on Kenya and Malawi play Namibia for a place in Sunday’s final.

Zambia’s disqualification follows fresh Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) tests carried out on forward Nicholas Mulilo and Benjamin Phiri in Mauritius, which found the players were over the age of 17 and therefore according to Clause 10.5 (I) of the tournament regulations are not eligible to compete in the competition.

Zambia had willingly submitted both players for re-testing in Mauritius after complaints from two countries.

The pair had been tested, along with the rest of the squad, in Zambia prior to their arrival at the tournament, as is mandatory for all players competing at the CAF Under-17 Qualifiers and U17 Youth Championships Final Tournament, but information sourced later from Confederation of African Football (CAF) indicated that these tests were incorrectly done.

The re-tests carried out in Mauritius revealed the players were not eligible to compete.

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36 COMMENTS

    • Kamanga is the biggest disaster we have for the next 4 years. I wish he can resign before the next AGM

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  1. HE IS A MEMBER OF FIFA WAS SUPPOSE TO ADVICE AND WHERE THE HELL IS KAMANGA IS HE IN ZAMBIA OR WHAT THESE CHAPS ARE NOT SERIOUS

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  2. This is a sad development, the one who carried out the said tests here in Zambia must be fired.

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    • Don’t fire the user of the useless machine, instead order state of art machines not those gong’as from the east! Cheap cheap no good, Good good no cheap, so goes an Indian!

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  3. Put bluntly, FAZ are complete idiots. So shameful and embarrassing. There should be a way of punishing these players who so unashamedly cheat when they know their TRUE age and yet still present themselves for selection to the team. The unfortunate part is that even their team officials know the true age of these players but still encourage them to feature in age restricted tournaments. What a bunch of loosers!

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  4. Please am agree with you all because all bola yaliwaba plse leave others to play who are 16 yrs all good age than wasting money coach why mwaonaula indalama ukuya ku tournament plse verify from the one at first doing age

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  5. Let them be very strick with the under 20 squad as well.No more nonsense tuleisebanya.Why go with old people and leave out the youngsters?

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  6. So some1 will soon attribute this issue to President Edgar Lungu.Let Zambian Watchdog report on it and later on just check comments,u will prove me right.

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  7. Zambia as a country is financially broke.Do you think FAZ or any other organisation can afford to buy an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine? The one that is in the country is second one one that has been caliberated for ages now due to lack of funds.Everything in Zambia we want to buy is used from motor vehicles to phones.If politicians are second hand or used before ones how can they come up with fresh ideas when their usefulness expired ten to fifteen years ago.What an embarassment.

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  8. This is bullSh#T!! What is happening at FAZ? We should be seeing the new direction by now. It is over 3 months and it’s one disaster after another. So much for the campaign promises from Kamanga and Simataa, but some of us knew these guys from their time at Kabwe Worriors when they were relegated and at Power Dynamos when they just resigned on their own due to poor performance and lack of proper management. You will all remember Kalu, world cup qualifiers are around the corner.

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  9. No wonder they were winning with such big score margins. Shame on you guys & FAZ leadership; technology has advanced now, even though you able to elude the old radiocarbon data that was used on broken hill man, you cannot escape this one.
    God bless Zambia!

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  10. Why must Kamanga resign?He should instead fire the coaches.Those two players were discovered to be over age even here in Zambia but the coaches decided to hide this fact.No wonder we fail to win because use middle aged players with fake ages.ATASE!
    These issues can be detected at club level,officals from the clubs where these two players came from must also be probed

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  11. This is very embarrassing and shameful indeed. Its like one has been caught committing adultery with somebody’s wife. I can imagine the down cast faces of the boys. Dreams shattered. Mr. Kamanga please do something. We don’t want to hear this happening again especially with Zambia hosting the under twenty African tournament next year.
    But let’s encourage the boys and stop the trend of abandoning and disbanding the team each time a tournament is over. Those boys have a lot of potential and should be followed and natured and developed into senior players. Proper counselling and assistance in terms of their education should be looked into by putting them in any soccer academy like Chiparamba while they continue with their education. Sorry boys.

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  12. There you go again! “Kuyamba timayaba bwino manje poor finishing ailenga” (Can someone kindly assist me with the name of the musician who sung this song). Running football is different from running business as an energy consultant. Now let us wait for the pending disaster in the recruitment of the expatriate coach. Already they have talked to Dario Bonneti who took Zambia ti FIFA and was paid a cool $400,000.

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  13. Try to analyse the education attainment of the coach and the technical bench. Iam sure they even don’t know what MRI is otherwise this shouldn’t have happened. Age cheating is long gone and who ever made this happen should resign on moral ground.

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