CAF clear Guinea of age-cheating complaints

CAF clear Guinea of age-cheating complaints

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Apr 25, 2019. 09:15

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have cleared Guinea of any wrongdoing after they were accused by Senegal of fielding overage players at the ongoing U-17 Africa Cup of Nations.

Senegal, who were eliminated from the group phase of the tournament in Tanzania, allege that two Guinea players forged their date of births. Both the implicated players featured for Guinea in a 2-1 win over Senegal last week.

Aboubacar Conté and Ahmed Tidiane Keïta were accused by Senegal of altering their identity, but according to reports in Tanzania, CAF have rejected the complaints.

Age cheating is an all-too-common occurrence in youth football tournaments in Africa, and earlier this month CAF prevented six players from competing in Tanzania after they failed MRI tests which determined their age and eligibility.

Cameroon were the most affected team with three players failing the tests, while hosts Tanzania had two and Guinea one.

Cameroon, Guinea, Nigeria and Angola all reached the last four in the U-17 AFCON and will go on to represent Africa at the U-17 World Cup later this year.

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