Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has accused Uganda of fielding overage players in the second round of the FIFA U17 Women World Cup Qualifiers.
Uganda stunned their neighbours as they beat them 5-0 in Kampala to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit to progress to the next round.
The TFF general secretary Wilfred Kidao said that they have submitted a detailed appeal to CAFafter getting directions from FIFA accusing Uganda of fielding players who were older than 17 years at the time of the match.
The Tanzanians named Juliet Nalukenge, Grace Aluka, Shamira Nalugya, and Fauzia Najjemba as the players they suspect were ineligible to take part in that match.
The claim that the players were part of the senior national team the Crested Cranes and the Uganda Women Soccer League in 2015 yet the age limit of CAF in the U17 tournament is 17 years.
Senior national team
Tanzania coach Bakari Shime was the first one to raise the concerns immediately his side was bundled out of the tournament in Kampala.
“In 2018, we played against Uganda in CECAFA and Nalukenge was on that team. Two years later she is below 17,” a furious Shime told Football256.com after the game.
“You want to convince me she was 14 years and playing for a senior national team. Come on, we are Africans and we know what talent development requires.”
Uganda, through the head of communications Ahmed Hussein, denied allegations by Tanzania saying they fielded players within the age category.
“We fielded players falling within the U17 bracket and will wait until CAF notifies us of any petition to respond on the matter,” Hussein is quoted by Daily Monitor.