(Xinhua) -- Kenya has challenged the decision to expel
three of the country’s players from the ongoing Confederation of
African Football (CAF) AFCON Under 17 qualifiers in Tanzania after
allegations emerged that the players are over the age limit.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Head
of Communications and Public Relations, Barry Otieno said on
Saturday evening that the local governing body has performed its due
diligence in the selection of the team.
Maxwell Mulili, Lesley Otieno Owino
and Abdulmalik Hussein Abdalla are the three players accused by CAF
of being over-age and therefore, been barred from taking part at the
“In total, 30 players were subjected
to the mandatory tests, with the same confirming that only two were
not in the required age bracket,” Otieno said in a statement.
“The two were subsequently dropped
from the squad prior to the team leaving for Tanzania, thus giving
the federation no reason to doubt the eligibility of the remaining
28, of which 18 were selected to represent the country in the U-17
AFCON qualifiers,” Otieno added.
The FKF has subsequently written to
CAF and the hospital that conducted the MRI in Nairobi to establish
the cause of discrepancies in the test results.