Monday, June 24, 2024

CAF needs to be serious with age cheating says Zambia Under-20 coach

Zambia Under-20 coach Charles Chisala Bwale has urged CAF to take keen interest on the rapid rise of age cheating on the continent.

In a post match interview of the Junior Chipolopolo’s 3-0 defeat to Burundi in Ngozi on Sunday, Bwale lamented that Burundi used over age players commonly referred as madalas in Zambia.

With the African Champions eliminated, it means that the holders won’t be there in Niger to defend the trophy next year.

“The boys played very well and the though the results have come the way they come out, I am not disappointed with the boys,” the Green Buffaloes assistant coach said.

After the first leg in Lusaka last week, fans took to social media to express their displeasure at the Burundi ‘teenagers’ and Bwale has now joined in.

“It’s only that CAF needs to be a bit seriou.s with age cheating,” the former Mufulira, Nkana and Green Buffaloes defender said.

“If u are looking at the Burundi team, most of them are not under-20 and it’s like playing the [Burundi] senior team

“I am a bit disappointed with the Burundi set up as Zambia we went into this competition clean,” Bwale complained

“Definately we had to work on age cheating and we scrutinised and did our level best but the competition itself is not even.

Bwale went on further to say that it wasn’t only the age cheating but also officiating

“The officiating was some how poor, it was intimidating for the boys.”

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8 Comments

  1. I believe there are formal ways of launching protests in such things. If we have no evidence to support our cause then we need to shut up and take the loss. Chambeshi was doing good as a coach and he seemed to have a formula that worked but instead of continuing on that trajectory, someone decided to reinvent the wheel. Take home lesson..If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  2. Ethiopia had the same complaint about this Burundi team and now is Zambia.can caf investigate this please. there is no smoke wit hout fire.

  3. Useless..allegations wen you loose thus wen u want to cry foul?? Didnt we highlight these isues of Madalas way in advance on this site..tha aside,the Tech bench was z infact weak we already highlighted these isues on this forum.

  4. Its very simple the coach and faz should identify those over aged players and submit their names to caf if they fail to deal you can take the matter to fifa. Players should go for mrl scan.. If you know you are clean report the case

  5. That’s true. Let CAF investigate for sure. The mrl scan can help the investigation. Ethiopia complained on that note again.

    But if you remember very well what the Burundi coach said defending his guys.

    “He said it’s the Burundians who grow faster in Africa”. How them only. What’s food do they feed on alone? How come Burundi only.

    If you look at Sudan result it’s questionable again. I recall Gambia was disqualified on age cheating. This distorts the CAF youth program.

    Hope FAZ will reconsider the complain.

  6. You cant MRI scan a 20 year old. It can only be used to determine if players are older than 17 not 20 so basically there is no scientific way to prove over 20 year olds.

    wrist MRIs and the bone growth they show can indicate if a player is older than 17 only.

  7. WHERE WERE THEY PRIOR TO & AFTER THE FIRST LEG GAME WAS PLAYED IN LUSAKA?

    FAZ and their people should be serious! Things need to be done timeously. Thought they learnt something from the COSAFA EXPERIENCE when Chipolopolo were desciplined for fielding over aged players. The opposition complained within time and with reasonable proof.

    The entire coaching staff & FAZ officials were happy to see the boys struggle to a 1-0 win in Lusaka and CRY FOUL after being wired when it mattered the most.

    LET’S JUST WAIT FOR THE SENIOR TEAM TO GIVE US YET ANOTHER EXCUSE IN SEPTEMBER.

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