16 Apr, 16:20
Zanzibar has been banned from taking part in any CECAFA tournaments for one year after registering players who are over the required age in the ongoing junior championships in Burundi.
It was revealed that the Swahili nation had registered over ten players who are ineligible to take part in the games.
“Both Zanzibar and Ethiopia breached the tournament Rules and Regulations onage limit as stipulated in Art. 4.0 (Qualification of players), sub sections 4.3 and 4.6,” CECAFA media officer Rogers Mulindwa announced.
According to the competition rules, only players who were born on or after January 1st 2002 are eligible.
“Zanzibar presented nine players over the limit for their intended opening Group ‘B’ match against Sudan in Gitega on Sunday April 15. The match was not played and the committee later found twelve (12) players in total that were born before 2002 as required by the tournament rules.”
Ethiopian was also found to have fielded three over age players during their match against Somalia which they won 3-1.
The committee has decided that they lose the match by forfeiture and pay a fine of $5,000 as an approximate cost on air tickets, accommodation and meals. The three players have been expelled from the tourney.
The fines will be refunded back to FIFA who are sponsoring the tournament.