Confederation of African Football CAF has not responded to ZIFA’s appeal on why the Under 17 national team was disqualified from the Confederation of Southern African Football Association Youth Championship(COSAFA).
This was revealed in a statement that was released by ZIFA communications manager, Xolisani Gwesela which stated that the boys were expected to return home today:
The Zimbabwe Football Association would like to inform the football fraternity and the nation that ZIFA has not received any response from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), following our appeal against the disqualification of our Under 17 team from this year’s edition of the COSAFA Youth Championship.
COSAFA has insisted that in the absence of communication from CAF, the expulsion stands and the team should travel back to Zimbabwe. The on going tournament also serves as the qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals. Consequently, the team will return home tomorrow (Monday).
This does not mean that ZIFA has abandoned its appeal against disqualification, but we have taken this decision to avoid further straining the committed and innocent Young Warriors whose premature exit was disappointing and questionable.
Zimbabwe was disqualified after player(s) failed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans that scan the hands of players that are used to determine if a player is eligible for Under-17 competitions. Botswana, Comoros Islands, and Eswatini were also disqualified together with Zimbabwe from the same tournament.
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