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Age cheating saga leaves Zambia’s U17 preps in disarray

The Mauritius-age-cheating-saga is set to overshadow Zambia’s CAF U17 Youth Championship first leg sheduled for Nkoloma Stadium on the weekend of August 5-7 against Sudan.

The Cosafa outing was a perfect opportunity for the Zambian lads to prepare for the crucial qualifier but wih just over a week before the Sudan tie, the Zambian camp is in disarray after the entire technical bench was suspended by FAZ for age cheating and there is now serious doubt on the eligibility of the players in the team for the CAF competition.

The embattled team is expected to arrive back home on Monday from Mauritius but it will be interesting to see how FAZ will reconstitute the team.

First they have to appoint a new interim coach as well as send the players for another MRI test after the initial test conducted at Fairview Hospital were found to have been improperly done.

From the look of things, it seems all the players will be subjected to the MRI scan and in an event that about 5-7 players join Nicholas Mulilo and Benjamin Phiri in being over age, then FAZ has to come up with new players within a space of 4 days.

It remains to be seen how FAZ will react to save the situation with the option of asking CAF to postpone the game on the cards.

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