Kenya U-20 disqualified for fielding over age players

Sudan had complained that Kenya had used ineligible players in the first leg away and had lodged an appeal with Caf


Kenya U-20 v AFC Leopards in a recent friendly at Kasarani

Kenya has been locked out of the return match of Africa Youth U-20 qualifier against Sudan for fielding over-age players in the first leg that ended 1-1 away.

The return match was to be played on Saturday at Kasarani. Sudan therefore, moves to the next round where they are scheduled to take on Nigeria.

According to Caf, Kenya fielded 5 players, who were born in 1996 during the first leg on April 3. The Governing body cited that the cut off for the birthdate for participating players was January 1,1997.

A top Football Kenya Federation official confirmed the move on Tuesday but clarified that the country has not been banned from the age group competition. “Caf has informed us that we will not play Sudan in the return match as we were found guilty of fielding over-age players.

“However, we continue to insist that the rules had not been spelled out on eligibility before the tournament started and so we made a mistake. The move only affects our match against Sudan and we will be free to take part in future tournaments,” he told Goal.

FKF CEO Robert Muthomi stated that the Federation will not appeal the decision. “The federation is cognizant that the governing body is a fair arbiter for all federations and therefore, the decision it has taken has recognized all the steps and future ramifications”.

He added; “Cut off dates for age restricted tournaments are dynamic regulations. It is important to note that non-eligibility is not the same as age cheating.”