CAF ban Ghana for age cheating

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has banned Ghana from participating in the next U-17 Championship scheduled for Niger for fielding an ineligible player in the qualifiers.

The Starlets, according to CAF fielded an unqualified player in the first leg of their last qualifier against Cameroon played in Yaoundé.

The host on September 13, filed a protest against Ghana after the latter won the first leg 2-1, claiming Benjamin Aseidu, Moses Nyarko, Felix Quaye, Henry Medarious, Issah Abbas, Isaac Twum and Johan Osabutey were averaged.

Of the seven players, the CAF Medical Committee made adverse findings against two, subsequently requesting a retest of the two players with the F-Marc procedure to determine their true ages.

The F-Marc procedure which took place in Ghana on October 1, had a Medical Committee member in attendance.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has confirmed receipt of CAF’s decision. It said in a statement that the association received a correspondence from the continental body on Saturday “claiming the analysis of the MRI report from a Medical Centre in Ghana contradicts the analysis of two CAF medical experts on the eligibility of one of the players.

“However, the Radiologist Consultant who carried out both the initial MRI tests and rescanning confirmed that the said player was within the age limit.”

The FA statement added: “The Ghana Football Association is dissatisfied with the decision of the Caf U-17 Organizing Committee and has accordingly filed an appeal with the CAF Appeals Committee.”

Ghana was hoping to rewrite her embarrassing campaign at the last edition of the competition. GNA

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