Guinea disqualified from U-17 World Cup and Afcon

Tuesday May 21 2019


Conakry. Guinea has been disqualified from participating in the next two editions of the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations and Fifa U-17 World Cup after fielding two ineligible players in the 2019 U17 Afcon finals in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The duo– Aboubacar Conte and Ahmed Tidiane Keita – featured for Guinea in their match against Senegal in April.

The decision was made earlier this week by the Confederation of African Football’s disciplinary council, which met at the federation’s headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, to reach a consensus after a complaint by the Senegalese Football Federation concerning the two players.

The dates of birth revealed before the game indicated that Conte and Keita were born in 2002, which contradicted the pair’s details as they were submitted for a youth tournament in Japan in 2017, which showed the duo's dates of birth to be in 2001.

Guinea finished as runners-up at the U-17 Nations Cup, defeating Nigeria on penalties in the semi-final, before a shootout defeat at the hands of Cameroon in the final.

Senegal, who originally finished third in Group B, behind Cameroon and Guinea, therefore missing out on U-17 World Cup qualification, will now represent the continent in Brazil.