BBC SPORT
BBCi CATEGORIES   TV   RADIO   COMMUNICATE   WHERE I LIVE   INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC Sport
 You are in: Football: Africa  
Sport Front Page
-------------------
Football
Teams
Statistics
FA Cup
Eng Prem
Internationals
Champions League
Uefa Cup
Eng Div 1
Eng Div 2
Eng Div 3
Eng Conf
Scot Prem
Scottish Cup
Scot Div 1
Scot Div 2
Scot Div 3
Europe
Africa
League of Wales
Cricket
Rugby Union
Rugby League
Tennis
Golf
Motorsport
Boxing
Athletics
Other Sports
-------------------
Special Events
-------------------
Sports Talk
-------------------
BBC Pundits
TV & Radio
Question of Sport
-------------------
Photo Galleries
Funny Old Game
-------------------
Around The UK: 
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales

BBC Sport Academy
BBC News
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS

Saturday, 15 February, 2003, 17:36 GMT
Age-cheat team disbanded
Nigeria at the U17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago
African teams, like Nigeria, have a good reputation at U17 level - but Kenya's behaviour will raise questions
Kenya's national U17 team has been dissolved by the government after some players admitted to being over-age.

Sports Minister Najib Balala made the decision after he interviewed two team members, goalkeeper Francis Ochieng and Aggrey Ongoli, who admitted to being too old.

Balala said the Government would lodge a formal apology with Fifa and would request that the country's national teams be withdrawn from all events until further notice.

We will ask Caf to reinstate Ghana into the competition

Sports Minister Najib Balala
The move could affect the Harambee Stars' participation in Nations Cup qualifying.

"We have decided to take such action rather than wait for Fifa or Caf to ban us," he said.

"We can not allow such action to pass since we insist on high integrity from all associations".

Balala said the two players he spoke to were over 20 years old, and the team's coaching staff had admitted that some players were over-age.

Kenya's U17 team were due to be playing Ethiopia next weekend after putting Ghana out in the last round of qualifying for the African Championship.

The Ghanaian coach had bitterly complained that Kenya had fielded over-age players.

"We will ask Caf to reinstate Ghana into the competition and also apologise to Ethiopia," Balala said.

And the Minister said tough action would be taken against the officials responsible.

See also:

27 Dec 02 | Africa
14 Dec 02 | Africa
23 Dec 02 | Africa
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Africa stories are at the foot of the page.


 E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Africa stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

Sport Front Page | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League |
Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Other Sports |
Special Events | Sports Talk | BBC Pundits | TV & Radio | Question of Sport |
Photo Galleries | Funny Old Game | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales