Eswatini Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Harries Bulunga insists that those found to be involved in the alleged national Under 17 age-cheating scandal will be dealt with accordingly.
Eswatini together with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Comoros Islands were disqualified from the ongoing COSAFA Youth Championships being hosted in South Africa due to over-age claims.
As a result, the squad is already back in the country.
“The ministry, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, wishes to make it clear that it strongly condemns any form of cheating in sport and will stop at nothing to ensure that all who are involved in such and cheating in its entirety are removed from our sport,” reads a statement from Bulunga.
The Minister also confirmed that the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) leaders were summoned to an urgent meeting to answer on this matter.
“It was at this meeting that the EFA informed us of their intention to appeal this verdict with the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The ministry has therefore taken a decision that it will wait for the finalisation of this appeal before taking any further action,” the minister added.
“The ministry further appeals for patience from the nation as the national Under 17 matter is handled within the relevant structures. The ministry will swiftly ensure that, if the guilty verdict is upheld, those responsible are brought to book as per existing sporting policies,” he said.
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By Ofhani Munyai