The Organising Committee for the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations has disqualified Kenya from the 2017 edition for fielding five ineligible players in their first round, first leg clash against Sudan played on Sunday, 3 April 2016 at the El Merreikh Stadium, which ended 1-1, CAF announced on Wednesday.
The African ruling body lists the overage players as: Erick Ouma Otieno, born on 27/9/1996; Nicholas Kipkirui, born on 31/5/1996; Boniface Muchiri, born on 23/8/1996; Eugene Moses Mukangula, born on 22/6/1996; and Theodore Kibet Kilele, born on 25/9/1996.
CAF say it sent a circular sent to all national associations that players born on 1 January 1997 or after are eligible to participate in the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, Zambia 2017.
All the affected players were born before 1 January, 1997.
“The Organizing Committee after its findings concluded that the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) clearly violated article 40.11 of the competition regulations which states: ‘a team which allows a non-qualified or a suspended player to take part in a direct knock-out match shall lose the match and shall be eliminated from the competition, even in the absence of protests’.
“Consequently, the U-20 Kenyan National team is disqualified from the preliminaries of the AFCON U20 – Zambia 2017 and the U20 Sudan National team is qualified to the next round,” CAF General Secretary Hicham El Amrani said in a letter dated 19 April 2015 addressed to the CEO of FKF.
Meanwhile, the decision can be contested before the CAF Appeal Board within three days of notification.Watch The Premier League Live!! with EXPRESSVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN