Three Kenyan youths banned by CAF

Kenya under-17 head coach Michael Amenga has questioned decision by the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) to ban his three players from the ongoing Cecafa Under-17 tournament, on grounds of age cheating.

The tournament, which is also a qualifier for the 2019 African Under-17 Cup of Nations to be held in Tanzania, has been closely monitored  by CAF with the age cheating vice hitting Kenya among other countries.

An MRI scan by FIFA found showed Lesley Otieno, Maxwell Mulili, and Abdumalik Husein Abdallah were above the required age bracket hence declared ineligible to participate in the tournament.

CAF Vice-President of Medical Committee, Yacine Zerguini also sent home three Ugandan players; Kafumbe Joseph, Elvis Ngonde and Oluka George, while host Tanzania had two over-age players. Only Djibouti and Ethiopia were found fully compliant in terms of ages of their players.

However, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has refuted CAF decision insisting that the players sent to Tanzania to represent the country were within the required age bracket as specified by the body.

FKF has written to CAF and the hospital which performed the MRI tests seeking to know why the tests could have differed.

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