After a 5-0 loss, Tanzania women’s World Cup U17 team have blamed rivals Uganda of fielding over-age players.
The two sides clashed during the World Cup U17 qualifying match played at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo on Saturday.
Uganda won the game 5-0 to qualify to the next round on 6-2 aggregate, Tanzania had won 2-1 in the first leg clash at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam two weeks ago.
Uganda’s goals were scored by Margaret Kunihira, Fauzia Najjemba, Grace Aluka and a brace from captain Juliet Nalukenge.
However, according to Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Technical Director, Oscar Mirambo, Uganda fielded ineligible players.
“It is unfathomed for a player to be in the World Cup U17 team since 2007 to 2020, they will have to prove at what age those players were initially selected to feature in the team,” Mirambo was quoted saying by Daily News.
On the same matter, Tanzania’s coach Bakari Shime also complained that Uganda had fielded five overage players.
According to Shime, the five players were not included in the team during the first leg.
“We have lost the game but our opponents have definitely not been honest enough, they chose to field over-aged players,” Shime said.
Uganda will now face off with the West African side Cameroon in the playoff round of the qualifier.
Uganda is targeting the final tournament of the Women’s U17 World Cup which will be staged in India between November 2nd to 21st.
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