Benin disqualified from U17 AFCON qualifiers


Benin Republic’s team to the WAFU-B U17 zonal qualifiers have been thrown out of the competition by the organizers.

The Benin team were disqualified after 10 of their players failed the MRI test leaving them short of playing personnel to take part in the WAFU-B tournament which also serves as qualification for the 2019 U17 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Young Squirrels were scheduled to play in Group B of the WAFU-B U17 tournament in Niger Republic alongside Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso before they were shown the door.

Four years ago, Benin suffered disqualification from the African U17 championship qualifiers for fielding four overaged players in their match against Mali.

CAF then suspended them for two years from all youth tournament at U17, U20 and U23 levels.

However Benin may have been hard hit by MRI scan, other nations like Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Togo and hosts Niger also had players dropped after they failed the age test.

Two players each from Ivory Coast and Nigeria failed the MRI test while Burkina Faso, Niger and Togo had one player each ruled out after the test.

Ghana pulled through clean from the MRI scan.

All of the participating players also undergone tests for PCCA (Preventive Heart Exam), according to the organizers.


Group A: Niger, Ghana, Togo

Group B: Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso

© The Predictor NG


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