By John Kwoba NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) asked all eight
countries taking part in the Africa Under-17 Cup of Nations
CECAFA regional qualifying tournament in August to test their
players’ ages in a bid to curb cheating.
Kenya had its
players taken through a series of medical tests to ascertain
their ages as demanded by the continental football governing
“CAF requires us to
take the players through the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
tests. This is aimed at ensuring that the players that take part
in the tournament are not only physically fit but also within
the required age bracket,” said Football of Kenya Federation (FKF)
CEO Robert Muthomi on Tuesday in Nairobi.
The qualifiers for
the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations will for the first time be played
on a regional basis, to determine the seven teams to join hosts
Tanzania for next year’s final tournament.
Since 1995, an
average of 30 teams engaged in the qualifiers, representing
about 54 percent of the CAF membership.
“However, this new
format has seen a great response. A total of 49 teams have
confirmed their participation, which is a record compared to the
previous years. We will get to see teams that never participated
and rarely made an impact at the youth level. Those teams will
play at least three continental matches,” said CAF General
Secretary Amr Fahmy.
Kenya has been
pooled in Group B alongside Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and
Djibouti. Group A consists of hosts Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi,
Somalia, and Sudan.
automatic qualification by virtue of being the hosts, which
means that the winner of the CECAFA tournament will thus get the
spot to play at the Africa Nations Cup, while the runner-up
could also make it to the tournament if Tanzania emerges as