South Sudan has been disqualified from the 14th edition of the U17 Africa cup of nations by the confederation of African football due to the non eligibility of five of its players after the MRI test.
In a press release on their Facebook page today April 29, the spokesperson of the federation announces this distasteful news , highlighting two out of the five, were part of the zonal qualifiers
“The South Sudan Football Association regrets to announce that our team has been disqualified from the AFCON U17 Algeria 2023 due to the non-eligibility of five (5) players after the MRI test.
The MRI test was conducted on the 26th April 2023 to ensure that all players meet the age eligibility criteria set by the competition’s regulations. Unfortunately, we received yesterday 28th April 2023 notification from CAF that five of our players did not pass the MRI test and were deemed ineligible to participate in the competition, Although two of the five players were part of the team which participated in the zonal qualifiers and passed the MRI eligibility in Ethiopia last September 2022.” Albino Kuek Deng writes .
Attempts to seize Africa footballing authorities with the results of their test conducted in Juba , failed as the last result was their disqualification .
“We immediately wrote a complaint to CAF medical committee an official complaint against their decision attaching the MRI results we did in Juba , in accordance to Article 27.6 sub article (iii) of the U17 regulations. The complaint was rejected by the medical saying that their first and second readings remains the same.” The communique further explains
CAF had earlier instituted that any team with more than three overaged players will face immediate disqualification, and the case of South Sudan proves it.
It’s rather unfortunate for the boys of Felix Bilal who will have to wait for another two years to make their debut in this youth tour nament.
Group C now has three teams.
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