South Sudan U-17 squad disqualifies from CECAFA tournament in Rwanda


South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) is investigating inclusion of overage players in the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Under-17 squad, Eye radio reported. The body said none of their staff knew how it happened. CECAFA disqualified the team from this year’s Zonal qualifier tournament in Rwanda.

South Sudan U-17 was preparing to face the defending champions Uganda in the opening game of this year’s tournament on Saturday.

On Friday, four of South Sudan’s U-17 players failed to pass Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) tests conducted by the tournament organizers and CAF medical team before the tournament.

MRIs have been used by FIFA since 2003 to ensure that players are eligible, by scanning the bones in their wrists.

SSFA stated commitment to follow the rules and regulations of all competitions.