FAZ suspends U-17 technical bench following age cheating scandal

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Nicholas Mulilo

Nicholas Mulilo

Following the embarrassing disqualification of the junior Chipolopolo from the 2016 COSAFA Under-17 football championship for age cheating, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has suspended the entire technical bench for the Under-17 team.

FAZ has also referred the suspension of Executive Committee Member Kabaso Kapambwe, who was the delegation leader, to the Executive Committee for determination.

According to FAZ, the two players, Nicholas Milimo and Benjamin Phiri “passed” the mandatory medical tests to deter determine their age at a “recognised” medical facility in Lusaka prior to the departure for the tournament.

However, fresh tests where ordered in Mauritius under the supervision of a Confederation of African Football (CAF) certified doctor, following complaints from two teams. The results showed evidence that the two players in question have been found to be over the age of 17 years and therefore non eligible to participate in this category.

Below is a full statement from FAZ:

On Tuesday 26th July the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) received correspondence from the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) that two Zambian players Nicholas Mulilo and Benjamin Phiri were being summoned for Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) following complaints from two teams about possible age violations.

The tests were carried out by Mauritian medical authorities under the supervision of a Confederation of African Football (CAF) certified doctor. The results showed evidence that the two players in question have been found to be over the age of 17 years and therefore non eligible to participate in this category. As a result in accordance with Cosafa regulations is disqualified from the tournament.

Prior to departure, the U-17 team underwent medical tests at a recognised medical facility in Lusaka and Of the 26 players, 20 were passed as meeting the requirements for U17 competition. It is these 20 players who travelled to Mauritius.

At present the Football Association of Zambia is seeking clarification about the processes and methodology used in the testing following the outcome of the second test in Mauritius.

This morning the Emergency Committee of the Football Association of Zambia met and made the following decisions:

1. The full technical bench of the U17 team is suspended to allow for a comprehensive investigation into the matter. These are Head Coach Osward Mutapa, Assistant Coaches Perry Mutapa and Charles Bwale, Goalkeeper Coach Kalililo Kakonje, Team Doctor Mwila Lupasha, Team Physiotherapist Ephraim Mphanza and the Team Manager Collins Phiri.

2. The suspension of Executive Committee Member Kabaso Kapambwe who was the delegation leader, will be referred to the Executive Committee for determination in line with the FAZ Constitution.

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3 Responses to FAZ suspends U-17 technical bench following age cheating scandal

  1. The development is a sad one, ans I think the whole technical bench deserve that suspension, this is as a result of too much corruption in all areas ofleaderships of Zambia, shame to those big,big ,big,and big idiots.this is wasting the country’s resources,actually fire them all .

    haantolongo maps
    July 30, 2016 at 3:56 am
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    • Screening age is not a job of the technical bench but an administrative procedure of FAZ…the bench is a team of coaches to prepare the team to win

      Umuntu
      July 30, 2016 at 3:28 pm
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  2. This is what it means to be a failed state. You cannot run a country with the Bemba filaisova attitude. It is a basis for failure and mediocrity. The rest of the world is not that lazy, incompetent and corrupt. Zambia is now playing for ceding leadership to charlatans, thieves and incompetents.

    Buck Teeth Lungu
    July 30, 2016 at 5:31 am
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