CAF Bans Ghana U-17 Team

Ghana’s national male U-17 team, the Black Starlets have been banned by the Confederation of African Football, CAF from participating in the 2015 African Junior Championship billed for Niger for fielding an ineligible player during a qualifying match against Cameroon.

Ghana Football Association have confirmed receiving CAF’s decision, but has served notice it will appeal the ruling.
Cameroon filed a protest against seven Black Starlets on 13 September, 2014 after the 1st leg match of the 3rd round of the U-17 Championship qualifiers which Ghana won 2-1.

Out of the seven players, the CAF Medical Committee made findings against two players. CAF subsequently requested a retest of the two players using the F-Marc procedure for age determination which was done in Ghana on 1 October, in the presence of a CAF Medical Committee member.

According to the Ghana FA, it received a correspondence from CAF Saturday “Claiming the analysis of the MRI report from a Medical Centre in Ghana contradicts the analysis of two CAF medical experts on the eligibility of one of the players. However, the Radiologist Consultant who carried out both the initial MRI tests and rescanning confirmed that the said player was within the age limit.”

The FA statement added: “The Ghana Football Association is dissatisfied with the decision of the CAF U-17 Organising Committee and has accordingly filed an appeal with the CAF Appeals Committee.”

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