Eaglets coach hails sanctions on Guinea

27May 2019
The Guardian
Eaglets coach hails sanctions on Guinea

Manu Garba, Golden Eaglets coach last week hailed the Confederation of African Football (CAF) over the disqualification of Guinea for fielding over aged players during the just concluded Under-17 AFCON held in Tanzania.

Guinea eliminated Nigeria in the semifinal of the competition through penalty shootout, and Garba said the use of over aged players by Guinea prevented his team from getting to the finals of the U-17 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Garba told the News Agency of Nigeria that Guinea deserved the sanctions imposed on her, adding that it would serve as a deterrent to other countries.

He explained that his team lost to an over aged side that should have been penalised earlier than now.

"Nigeria could have played the finals against Cameroon if CAF had acted during the competition.

"This is a great lesson for every country to properly check players data. For, Guinea they deserve it because the two players have two International passports that have age discrepancies," Garba said.

The coach noted that the two players had used passports with the date of birth reading 2001 to play in an International tournament in Japan and changed the date to 2002 to be eligible to play in the U-17 tournament.

He congratulated Senegal for emerging second in the competition after Guinea's disqualification, thereby qualifying for the World Cup.

NAN reports that CAF had also disqualified Guinea from participating in the next two editions of the U-17 AFCON and the next FIFA U-17 World Cup for fielding two ineligible players - Aboubacar Conte and Ahmed Tidiane Keita - in an AFCON U-17 game in Tanzania against Senegal in April.

Guinea finished as runners-up at the U-17 Nations Cup, defeating Nigeria on penalties in the semi-final and loosing to Cameroon in the finals after a shootout.

Senegal, who originally finished third in Group B, behind Cameroon and Guinea thereby missing out on U-17 World Cup qualification, will now take the place of Guinea in Brazil. (NAN)

Guinea officially the Republic of is a west-coastal country in West Africa. Formerly known as French Guinea, the modern country is sometimes referred to as Guinea-Conakry in order to distinguish it from other countries with  Guinea in the name and the eponymous region, such as Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea. Guinea has a population of 12.4 million.

The sovereign state of Guinea is a republic with a president who is directly elected by the people; this position is both head of state and head of government. The unicameral Guinean National Assembly is the legislative body of the country, and its members are also directly elected by the people. The judicial branch is led by the Guinea Supreme Court, the highest and final court of appeal in the country.  

The country is named after the Guinea region. Guinea is a traditional name for the region of Africa that lies along the Gulf of Guinea. It stretches north through the forested tropical regions and ends at the Sahel. The English term Guinea comes directly from the Portuguese word Guiné, which emerged in the mid-15th century to refer to the lands inhabited by the Guineus, a generic term for the black African peoples south of the Senegal River, in contrast to the 'tawny' Zenaga Berbers, above it, whom they called Azenegues or Moors.

Guinea is a predominantly Islamic country, with Muslims representing 85 per cent of the population. Guinea's people belong to twenty-four ethnic groups. French, the official language of Guinea, is the main language of communication in schools, in government administration, and the media, but more than twenty-four indigenous languages are also spoken.

Guinea's economy is largely dependent on agriculture and mineral production. It is the world's second largest producer of bauxite, and has rich deposits of diamonds and gold. The country was at the core of the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Human rights in Guinea remain a controversial issue. In 2011 the United States government claimed that torture by security forces, and abuse of women and children (e.g. female genital mutilation) were ongoing abuses of human rights.