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Malindi girls embroiled in age-cheating controversy

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Dominant Malindi Secondary School are facing a bleak future in the inaugural Caf African Schools Championships girls tournament after South Africa’s Edendale Technical lodged a complaint over age cheating.

The Zomba-based school won all its matches including beating Edendale Technical 1-0 at Bingu National Stadium Sunday.

This was after Malindi thrashed Seychelles’ Anse Boileau 5-0 on Saturday.

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However, Sunday Edendale Technical lodged a complaint with the administrators, alleging that Malindi had featured over-aged players in the under-15 bracket competition.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka, who is also the tournament’s director, said they were waiting for Cosafa to determine Malindi’s fate Monday.

“We will wait for the confirmation of fixtures. Malindi finished top of their group after winning all their matches. However, South Africa’s team lodged a complaint over eligibility of some players; so, Cosafa is yet to determine.

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“We might say they won the group battle but things might change depending on the determination Cosafa is going to give. So far so good; it has been an interesting two days,” he said.

An excited Malindi Coach Timothy Kinyota Banda insisted that his players were under-15.

“No one is overaged in my squad. We are happy we have won all our matches,” Banda said.

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