CAF Disqualifies U-17 WAFU Host, Togo, Over MRI Test

SAN FRANCISCO, January 12, (THEWILL) – As part of the Under-17 West African Football Union (WAFU) B tournament qualifiers being held in Lomé, Togo the host country was on the way to a smooth qualification for the Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Morocco 2021.

However, that is not going to be as the Organising Committee for Youth Competitions of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided at its meeting on Saturday, January 9 to disqualify the U-17 representatives of Togo.

The disqualification was considered appropriate penalty for the Cadet Hawks who fielded two players deemed ineligible based on MRI test results.

Their disqualification was made in accordance with article 27.4 of the regulations of the U-17 AFCON, stipulating that “if after having carried out the age eligibility test (MRI) for a participating team and a player is revealed ineligible, the participating team will be disqualified.”

The consequence of this disqualification is that all previous results of Togo’s U-17 matches are cancelled. It is an embarrassing circumstance for the host country of the qualifying tournament, who had earlier defeated Niger 2-1 and beaten Benin Republic 3-1.