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Botswana U-17 soccer coach accuses Zambia of age cheating

Published on: 26 July 2014

Botswana national under-17 soccer coach Odirile Matlhaku has accused Zambia of using over-aged players in a qualifier match for the 2015 Africa Youth Championship.

Matlhaku told the media on Thursday that the Zambians used players whose ages were not verified during the first leg encounter played in Lusaka on July 19th. Botswana lost the match 1-0.

Matlhaku said they were playing against big men even though he said they will not be lodging any official complaint. He however said that will not destruct his team’s preparations for the return leg saying they are aiming to reverse the score and proceed to the next stage of the qualifiers.

“The game against Zambia was a tough game, the boys tried their best but at the end we lost. We are not plotting how to overcome the score in the return keg to be played here in Gaborone,” he said.

The two sides will play again in the second leg match scheduled for the weekend of August 1-3. Matlhaku said they tried hard not to concede a goal away so that they do not give their opponents an advantage but they conceded in the 70th minute of the match.

Age cheating is a concern for African soccer players, especially at junior levels. In the 2013 under-17 championships, several players were ruled to be overage following a bone marrow scan that was done as a requirement for competition.

Botswana had qualified for the 2013 championship and Matlhaku said they want to emulate the previous team and also book a ticket to the finals.


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • Zambia Soccerman says:
    July 27, 2014 03:54 am
    Baseless claim, our players go through age verification, so Ghanasoccernet shut the **** up. Why he is not reporting to CAF if he has substance in his claim? Yet another proof of how obsessed you Ghanaians are obsessed with Zambia. Have you brought the refuges from Brazil yet? That's what you should be worried about,not Zambia under 17.Marons.
  • SHANGO says:
    July 27, 2014 02:31 am
    where is mumbo?.
  • SHANGO says:
    July 26, 2014 07:25 pm
    @Mumbi,are you there?,we want to hear your response.
  • Don says:
    July 27, 2014 11:19 pm
    @ Cofie...visit lampedussa in Italy n see for yourself how desperate your countrymen are to get out of your country...crossing those treacherous Mediterranean waters in small boats on a daily basis.
  • Don says:
    July 27, 2014 11:05 pm
    @Dasaitshy....are you gay or do they sleep with your girlfriend for you to know so much????
  • jeff says:
    July 27, 2014 09:28 am
    Report to CAF if u have proof,GSN mind your own regional staff and stay away from our regional neigbours. go get your soon to be foreighners i brasil. which southern african person would like to stay in ghana??No one and for what?? viva southern region
  • Dasaintshy says:
    July 27, 2014 11:28 am
    So why don't you uncircumsized people stay away from Ghana affairs. I hate men that don't circumsize, chase small girls, drunks too much and yet come around to meddle with us saying we are obsessed with them. I am in the USA, most Zambians here in Atlanta Georgia are not circumcise, I just don't know, not one of them.
  • cofie says:
    July 27, 2014 03:05 pm
    massa, southern Africa is the most horrible region in Africa. the most primitive. south africa is good because whites still live there. can you nott see how the black dorminant communities look like rubbish dumps? Look at down town soweto. we in ghana are happy because we achieved what we achieved by our own effort. no white man is doing it for us