Gaborone - The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has suspended CEO Mfolo Mfolo for allegedly fielding over-aged players at the COSAFA Under-17 Championship in South Africa.
Also accused of age cheating were Comoros, eSwatini and Zimbabwe.
BFA president Mclean Letshwiti this week said the association had “suspended with immediate effect its chief executive officer Mfolo Mfolo pending completion of investigations”.
He said this was after the BFA was formally informed on November 20 that Botswana had been disqualified from COSAFA for age cheating following magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests of players.
He said CAF had asked associations to conduct four tests on players prior to the tourney: X-ray, ECG (electrocardiogram), MRI and COVID-19 tests.
“We managed to do only three tests excluding MRI. According to our protocols in terms of team selection, we target players of 14 to 15 years so that they are in our structures of the team for at least two-year cycle,” said Letshwiti.
He said the BFA national executive committee had established three-member team to probe the issue and findings were expected within a week.
Earlier, the BFA issued a statement saying, “We wish to assure our sponsors, partners, government, football fraternity and the general public at large, that the Botswana Football Association abhors any form of age cheating.”
COSAFA secretary-general Sue Destombes told the media MRI tests were a matter of routine at age-based tournaments.