Cheating Kenya banned from U-20 AFCON
20 April 2016, 23:15
Nairobi - Kenya are set to miss out on the 2017 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations after being found guilty of fielding ineligible players.
The news was confirmed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF)
on Wednesday, with the continent's governing body stating that the
Kenyans had fielded over-age players in a qualifying game against Sudan.
The statement on the CAF website reads as follows:
"The Organising Committee for the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations has
disqualified Kenya from the 2017 edition for fielding five ineligible
players in their First Round 1st leg clash against Sudan played on
Sunday, 3 April 2016 at the El Merreikh Stadium, which ended 1-1.
The five players are:
Erick Ouma Otieno, born on 27/9/1996;
Nicholas Kipkirui, born on 31/5/1996;
Boniface Muchiri, born on 23/8/1996;
Eugene Moses Mukangula, born on 22/6/1996;
Theodore Kibet Kilele, born on 25/9/1996
This is contrary to a circular sent to all National Associations that
players born on 1 January 1997 or after are eligible to participate in
the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, Zambia 2017.
"The Organizing Committee after its findings concluded that the Football
Kenya Federation (FKF) clearly violated article 40.11 of the
competition regulations which states a team which allows a non-qualified
or a suspended player to take part in a direct knock-out match shall
lose the match and shall be eliminated from the competition, even in the
absence of protests’.
Consequently, the U-20 Kenyan National team is disqualified from the
preliminaries of the AFCON U20, Zambia 2017 and the U20 Sudan National
team is qualified to the next round," CAF General Secretary Hicham El
Amrani said in a letter dated 19 April 2015 addressed to the CEO of FKF
(Kenyan Football Federation).
Meanwhile, the decision can be contested before the CAF Appeal Board within three days of notification.
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