Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) is in receipt of Communication from Confederation of African Football in regard to FERWAFA’s protest on four players who featured in the CAF U-20 match played on 23rd April, 2016 at Namboole stadium.
Having examined all the required documents submitted by FUFA, the CAF U-20 Organising Committee acknowledged that one of the four players was not eligible to feature in the competition.
However the discrepancy in the dates of birth for goalkeeper James Aheebwa on the CAF Competitions Management System (CMS) and National passport is a matter not allowed by CAF regulations during the various age group competitions as per Article 46 of the CAF U-20 Competition rules and regulations.
Part of the communication reads ‘It was also noted that the two dates of birth are within the age limit (players must be born after 1.1.1997)’.
CAF quoting Article 46 (a) which states ‘A player will not be qualified to participate in the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations if the date of birth indicated in his CAF license is different from the one on his passport.
“It is not time to point accusing fingers at any one but it is very disappointing that minimal work was done while submitting players’ documents to CAF for the competition. Let us try to digest the situation and at the right time we shall issue an official and detailed statement on this matter. It is sad that the players can’t continue to show their skills in the competition,” said Ag. FUFA CEO Decolas Kiiza.
CAF based on this clause to exclude Uganda U-20 from taking any further participation in the qualifiers of the 2017 Finals to be held in Zambia.