Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has reported Uganda’s football governing body, FUFA to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) citing breach of regulations.
TFF claims that Uganda fielded four over-aged players in the just concluded FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers which the latter won 6-2 on aggregate to advance to the final qualification round.
According to reports from Tanzania, FUFA is accused of fielding players Juliet Nalukenge, Fauziah Najjemba, Shamirah Nalujja and Grace claiming the quadruple exceeds the mandated 17 years.
TFF Secretary General Wilfred Kidao filled the appeal insisting the players have been featuring in Uganda’s domestic league since 2015 and also featured for the senior National team the Crested Cranes in the 2018 CECAFA Championship.
Talking to Tanzania’s Citizen Newspaper, Kida said, “There are so many questions on how the players could feature for the senior team at 14, which is against CAF directives. In football pathway, it is impossible to have players with the same age. We are very serious about the issue. This is because our investment in women’s soccer started many years ago and is still ongoing.”
“In 2018, we played against Uganda in a CECAFA tournament and Nalukenge was on that team. Two years later, she is said to be below 17 years of age. Does this mean that she was aged 14 when she featured for the senior team?”He added.
After Tanzania’s 5-0 defeat to Uganda in the second leg of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers at Lugogo, the Black Wizards head coach Shime Bakari in the post match interview defended his team’s exit by accusing the opponents of fielding over aged players.
“We have lost the game but our opponents have definitely not been honest enough, they have chosen to field over-aged players. It’s is unfathomed for a player to be in the World Cup U17 team since 2007 to 2020. They will have to prove at what age those players were initially selected to feature in the team,” said a dejected Bakari.
Bakari was left fuming as his side surrendered their 2-1 first leg advantage at the hands of Uganda to see elimination.
Both Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FUFA are yet to react on the accusations.