Friday Sep 05, 2014. 14:29
CAF have banned Benin from all age-group competitions for the next two years after they fielded four players who were outside the age allowed for an African U17 qualifier.
CAF announced on their website Friday that Benin fielded four players who were born outside Janaury 1, 1998, against Mali in a qualifying match for next year’s African Junior Championship in Niger.
The players were Ibilola Aron (born on 10-12-1997), Ogoubiyi Oluwa (born on 26-10-1997), Oreko Evode (born on 24-12-1997) and Amoussou Tony (born on 19-9-1997).
The organising committee of the African U17 Championship in pursuant to Article 33 clause 11 of the regulations of the competition have therefore decided to disqualify Benin, with Mali qualifying to face Tunisia at the final round of the qualifiers.
It therefore applied Article 37 of the regulations, particularly Paragraph 2 which states: “For any administrative error in the matter of the players’ registration or date of birth without deliberate intention, the concerned association shall be suspended for two years from all the age category competitions of CAF.”
This means that Benin are suspended from competing in age categories competitions namely U17, U20 and U23 for the next two years.
Benin are the second country this year after Gambia to be so banned.