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Posted: 17 January 2011 Time: 13:05

Zimbabwe's Young Warriors could be swimming in stormy waters after using three players in an All Africa Games qualifier that were blacklisted by the previous Zifa Board for age cheating.  

Archford Gutu, Cliff Anotida Sekete, Knowledge Machona and Brian Katsaruware were part of the 35 players blacklisted by the previous Zifa Board after they voluntarily opted out of MRI bone-tests to determine their actual ages in the run up to the Under-17 African Youth Championships.   However, despite the blacklisting by the previous Zifa board the players have continued to be called up for the national junior teams. The players were part of the Zimbabwe squad that beat Zambia 3-2 in an All Africa Games qualifiers although their ages are a ‘mystery'.   Investigations revealed that Katsaruware's records at Premiership side Eagles do not tally with those held by Zifa.   According to the Eagles' official website, Katsaruware was born on November 16 1990. His height is listed as 1,71m and weighs 69 kg. According to the passport (number BN618890) that he is using to turn up for the Young Warriors, he was born on November 16, 1992.   Sekete is the holder of passport number BN692197 which indicates that he was born on September 7, 1992. However, a former football coach at Budiriro 1 Primary School where Sekete did his primary education disputes his age.   "Cliff was one of my star players in 1999 when he was in Grade 6 at Budiriro 1 Primary. If we go by the official documents that he is using with the Young Warriors it means that he was seven years old in 1999 and doing Grade 6, which is not possible," said the coach who requested anonymity. 

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 03:38 pm
Its a good thing that this issue is debated in Zim,atleast it shows that the people of Zim don't encourage age cheating unlike in West Africa where association and goverment encourages age cheating.In Nigeria to show that they know the real ages of this boy after winning the under 17 world cup,the supposedly 15 and 16 years old were given lands.How do you give a teenager a land,what does he know about the alnd,why not give them scholarship if they are indeed their age.But because they are all grown ups with families of ther own and kids the goverment gave them the land.
Anonymous
posted: 04:27 pm
knowledge who?
Anonymous
posted: 10:25 pm
leave zim alone they beat zambia in Zambia it means they are doin well. Their under 20 were the best team in cosafa tornament in Botswana. So stop this sick jelous. work out those years u have written there it means these guys are 21 this year so they are eligeble for under 23.
we have too many age cheats in our juniors and that is Known. If we play Zim under 23 we will not stand a chance at all. their football is coming back to its position in southern africa. A league without a sponsor but they are dedicated to their sports thats why they do well in africa.
Stop the hate. We tend to see a small stick in other people's eyes but what about a big tree that is in our eyes.
omobobo
posted: 12:43 pm
Makaykay or whatever you are, why don't you face your issue and leave Niferia and West Africa out of this? You are looking for a cheap way to console yourself of the absurdity of your national mendaciousness. We all know that there is more corruption in Zim today than almost everywhere in the world. Nigeria subjected all its wards to the MRI scan, but your own wards ran away. What is the problem with Nigeria again? Put your own house in order and stop looking for cheap escape plea.
tafankala
posted: 07:35 am
1990 or 1992 but he is still an under 23 player. So whats the problem? l am 25 years old and Gutu was four streams behind me.
blakakah
posted: 12:18 pm
can somebody tell me whether there is any conection knowledge matchona and knowledge matchona?
blakakah
posted: 12:19 pm
i mean between knowledge musona and knoweldge matchona
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