Tanzania Football Federation submits an appeal to CAF accusing Uganda of age-cheating

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Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has continued with its accusations over Uganda for fielding over-age players.

This happened in the second round of the FIFA U17 Women World Cup Qualifiers.

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Uganda won 5-0 at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo in Kampala to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit to progress to the next round.

Tanzania Football Federation submits appeal to CAF
Uganda U17 Women Team forward Fauzia Najjemba taking on Tanzania defender

However, immediately after the game, Tanzania accused Uganda of fielding ineligible players.

Therefore, the Tanzania Football Federation general secretary Wilfred Kidao said that they have submitted a detailed appeal to CAF.

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They got directions from FIFA claiming that Uganda fielded players who were older than 17 years at the time of the second leg encounter.

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Grace Aluka celebrating her goal against Tanzania

According to Tanzania, Juliet Nalukenge, Grace Aluka. In addition, Shamira Nalugya, and Fauzia Najjemba are the players suspected to be over 17 years.

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They claim that the players were part of the senior national team the Crested Cranes. In addition, and the Uganda Women Soccer League in 2015 yet the age limit of CAF in the U17 tournament is 17 years.

Tanzanian coach Bakari Shime was the first one to raise the concerns of Uganda fielding ineligible players immediately after his side’s loss.

Tanzania Football Federation submits appeal to CAF
Uganda U17 Women Team starting XI

“In 2018, we played against Uganda in CECAFA and Nalukenge was on that team. Two years later she is below 17,” Shime said before adding.

“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,” he added.

What is FUFA’s response to Tanzania Football Federation?

However, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) denied allegations by Tanzania Football Federation. In addition, 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,” FUFA head of communications Ahmed Hussein said.

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Uganda U17 Women Team skipper Juliet Nalukenge (R) in action

Therefore the final decision about this matter will come from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Uganda however, is supposed to face off with Cameroon in the two-legged encounter to determine who will make it to the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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