CECAFA U17 Championship: Zanzibar Banned For Use Of Ineligible Players

Zanzibar have been slapped with a ban for using an ineligible players at the ongoing U17 CECAFA championship in Burundi.

The development follows a meeting by the executive of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations(Executive) which agreed to expel Zanzibar.

The reason for the ban is using overage players at the ongoing regional junior championship.

In a letter addressed to the Zanzibar national team, the organizing committee cited use of ineligible players.

“ We bring you to the attention as the organizing committee of the ongoing U17 CECAFA tournament that your team has been found guilty of using ineligible players.” Reads the statement.

According to the tournament regulations, only players born on and after 1st January 2002 are allowed to feature but Zanzibar had ten players that don’t follow in the said age bracket.

The coastal nation has now been expelled from the tournament and also handed a one year ban to all their national football teams from any CECAFA organised tournament.

Zanzibar were in the same group with Uganda,Sudan and Tanzania.

In a similar development, Ethiopia has been fined $50,000 for using three overage players. The said players have been expelled from the tournament.

Ethiopia therefore loses the earlier match played against Somalia by forfeiture. They had won the game 3-1 on Saturday.

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