Uganda Has Strong Case against Zambia for Fielding Over-Age Players- Watson

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In a letter to CAF, seen by URN, Watson mentions that the Ugandan delegation that traveled to Lusaka petitioned the match commissioner on the age eligibility of three players; Patson Daka, Enock Mwepu and Changwe kalale.

FUFA, Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson says Uganda has a strong case against Zambia for fielding ‘overage' players in the first leg of the 2015 Africa U-17 Championship qualifier.

Watson told URN on Wednesday that they are waiting for a response from Confederation of African Football (CAF) over their protest. He said their protest is based on two Zambian players who Uganda thinks were not supposed to play in the competition.

In a letter to CAF, seen by URN, Watson mentions that the Ugandan delegation that traveled to Lusaka petitioned the match commissioner on the age eligibility of three players; Patson Daka, Enock Mwepu and Changwe kalale.

The letter points out that one of Zambia's media outlets Tupmfweko stated that Kalale who was born 31st March 1997 was invited on the squad to prepare for the 2013 CAF African U-17 Championships. Watson reasons that if this is true then Kalale is not eligible to play in the competition.

The protest letter sent to CAF also indicates that the FA remitted US$2,000 as protest fees and fully believe that the petition shall receive due attention in respect of the rules governing this competition.

The Zambian youngsters who won the first leg 2-0 are on the brink of qualifying for the 2015 Championship to take place in Niger. However, they could be disqualified if CAF discovers that Uganda's protest is valid.

The team is expected to arrive on Thursday in Uganda ahead of the return leg to be played at the Nakivubo Stadium this Saturday.