Algeria 2009: Niger U-17 team disqualified for age cheating
The Organizing Committee of the youth competition of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) held a meeting in Algiers on 28 March 2009, chaired by Slim Aloulou to determine the qualification of a player of the national team of Niger participating at the final tournament of the African under U-17 Championship, Algeria 2009.
Before Malawi-Zimbabwe match, played March 20th, the Zimbabwe Football Federation filed a complaint protesting the eligibility of several players from Niger national team.
After hearing the President and Vice-President of the Niger Football Federation, particularly the alleged player, number 11 called Boubacar Talatou and his name namesake apparently rightful holder of the over-age license, born 1987. And on the documents used by Talatou, at the U-17 championship, the date of birth reads 1992.
The committee examined all the original documents, to include birth certificate and travel document; it has discovered irregularities, over aged, in the official documents of the player, Boubacar Talatou, from Niger.
Consequently, the committee decided to disqualify Niger U-17 national team.
Therefore, Malawi is qualified to continue the tournament, to play the semi-finals, on 29 March 2009, against Gambia in Algiers.
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