Kiosque360. The African Football Confederation suspended a number of players participating in the African Cup of Nations under 17, accused of exceeding the age limit. A decision criticized and considered insufficient by the FRMF president, Fouzi Lekjaa.
It is really rare to be reported. The president of the Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa, blatantly attacked the African Football Confederation (CAF), a body that he himself is vice president and considered close to his boss, the Malagasy Ahmad Ahmad.
Cause of this anger: the proven participation of several players over 17 years in the U17 CAN, reports the daily Al Massae in its weekend edition of April 20 and 21. Especially since Morocco was again recently out of the CAN Sub23 and the 2020 Olympics by the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has aligned a player over 23 years of age.
For Fouzi Lekjaâ, CAF is simply unable to stop the scourge of old trafficking in African football competitions, say our Arab colleagues. The Moroccan soccer chief also questioned the lack of sanctions against sports federations involving players over 17 years old, including Cameroon, three suspended players and Tanzania, host country of the competition and who, however, played a player more than 17 years.
Lekjaa also calls for not being silent on such practices that undermine the credibility of African football. If there is no anger, other teams will start using this type of practice.
Lekjaâ was finally surprised by players who were at least 23 years of age who could participate in the Cameroon Under-17 Championship, which beat Morocco in the group stage with two goals to one. For Lekjaâ, Cameroon should at least be kicked out of the competition.