By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon.
Sources at the Tanzania Football Federation, TFF have expressed their desire to have the Under-17 girls team of Uganda investigated by CAF and FIFA.
TFF claims Uganda overturned a 2-1 deficit with a spirited 5-0 win over Tanzania in Kampala on March 22nd because of the use of overaged players. This result earned them a place in the next round of their World cup qualifiers possibly against Cameroon.
The Tanzania Football Federation seems unwilling to go down without a fight. Football authorities in the East African nation think their Ugandan neighbors employed an organized age-cheating scheme to earn the victory.
“How can a player like Gloria Namugerwa be born in 2003 and sat her Primary School Leaving Examination in 2013? This means Gloria who is now playing for Uganda U-17 women’s national team started primary school at the age of 4? This is African football!”: A source at TFF exclaimed as the kick442.com team sought to know more about the case after getting the development from Football256.com
Gloria Namugerwa is one of the four girls the TFF have raised questions about her eligibility for an Under-17 competition.
Nalugya Shamirah,Fauzia Najjemba and Grace Aluka complete the quartet.
According to the Tanzania Football Federation; the above-mentioned players have inconsistent information in their age details.
In the case of Nalugya Shamirah and Juliet Nalukenge, TFF officials have raised questions about the players being Under-17 as it is on their Ugandan passport.
TFF officials believe that, the pair featured for Uganda’s senior national team in 2018 and assume it makes it impossible for the players to still be under the age of 17 two years down the line.
Tanzania’s Women’s Under-17 coach Bakari Shimi first brought the issue to the limelight just after the five nil away defeat.
“In 2018, we played against Uganda in CECAFA. Nalukenge was in that team, two years later she is below 17,” a furious Shime told Football256 after the game in Kampala.
In addition to the above-mentioned allegation, TFF have raised additional worries. The Tanzanian football body says the young lady named Nalugya Shamirah previously appeared in other competitions a few years back as Shamira Nalujja.
Another name they have pointed out is Grace Aluka. She equally joined the senior national team at the age of 14 years 10 months according to her current passport. The Tanzanian body has raised questions on why she wasn’t used in the Under-17 qualifiers until in the crucial game against Tanzania. “This also raises questions about why such a young prospect with huge experience had not been involved in the qualifiers earlier on” Wilfred Kidao current TFF Secretary General is quoted by multiple local media in Uganda.
It is a similar case for Fauzia Najjemba but for the fact that she has been involved in this qualifiers from the beginning of it.
According to the Tanzania Football Federation,these four current Under-17 players have been active in the Uganda women’s league since the 2015/2016 season.
They have also been involved in the different national teams including the Uganda senior national team since 2018.
TFF sees a handful of irregularities in this and has expressed their concerns to CAF and FIFA.
Speaking to kick442.com this week, Wilfried Kidao said they were expecting a reaction from CAF.
“We have raised the issue, it is very important for our football, we are expecting a right decision”: Kidao stated.
Their Ugandan counterparts have denied any wrongdoings, thus putting it on CAF to investigate and throw lights on the issue.
The communication boss of the Uganda Football Association told kick442.com on Monday that they are unperturbed.
“The match officials informed us about Tanzania’s protest but we are relaxed because there is no wrongdoing and we have not heard CAF either.” Ahmed Hussein stated.
The competition has since been postponed giving CAF sufficient time to digest the issue.
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