Guinea disqualified from U-17 World Cup for age cheating
Guinea have been disqualified from taking part in this year’s Under-17 World cup in Brazil after they were found guilty of age cheating following the conclusion of the recent U-17 Africa Cup of Nations which served as World Cup qualifiers.
The West African country, who were runners-up at the U-17 Nations Cup in Tanzania in April, thought they had secured their World Cup spot after reaching the semi-finals, However, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) says Guinea used two ineligible players in Tanzania.
The disqualification means Senegal will replace them in to represent the African continent in Brazil.
Senegal will now join champions Cameroon, Nigeria and Angola.
This is what CAF stated after a meeting of its disciplinary committee.
“The players Aboubacar Conte and Ahmed Tidiane Keita were not eligible to participate with Guinea in the Final Tournament of the U-17 Afcon played in Tanzania,”.
“Due to the existence of two different passports for each of the players concerned, one passport was used for the International Under-16 Cup held in Japan, the year of birth date being 2001, and the other for the final U-17 Afcon tournament in Tanzania, which indicated the year of birth as 2002, which clearly shows that there was forgery.”
“Because of their participation, the team is excluded from the competition and all its results and achievements during the competition must be cancelled.”
“The Guinean Football Federation, following its disqualification, is prevented from representing Caf at the Fifa U-17 World Cup to be held in 2019.”
“The Organizing Committee will be invited to reinstate Senegal and the Executive Committee to approve the participation of Senegal as Caf’s 4th representative at the Fifa U-17 World Cup to be held in 2019,”.
Guinea have also been banned from taking part in the next two editions of the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations.