Guinea will no longer be participating at this year’s Under-17 World cup in Brazil after CAF found guilty of age-cheating at the recent U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Tanzania. The games served as World Cup qualifiers.
Guinea were runners-up at the tournament in April, but the Confederation of African Football (Caf) says Guinea used two ineligible players in Tanzania and that Senegal will replace them in Brazil.
“The players are Aboubacar Conte and Ahmed Tidiane Keita. CAF stated that two different passports for each of the players concerned raised questions.
According to CAF, one passport was used for the International Under-16 Cup held in Japan, the year of birth date being 2001, and the other for the final U-17 Afcon tournament in Tanzania, which indicated the year of birth as 2002, which clearly shows that there was forgery.
“Because of their participation, the team is excluded from the competition and all its results and achievements during the competition must be cancelled,” CAF claimed.