Disgraced footballer Kalusha Bwalya is behind Zambia’s disqualification from COSAFA, the Watchdog has been briefed.
Kalusha, a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is said to be fighting hard to have Zambia, at all levels, disqualified from all competitions just to embarrass the man who beat him hands down for the Football Associations of Zambia presidency.
Zambia was disqualified from the under-17 Championships in Mauritius for allegedly fielding two over age players.
But sources in the football fraternity have revealed that it was Kalusha Bwalya who alerted and advised Kenya and other countries to check and re-check the age of the Zambian footballers.
According to the source, Kalusha Bwalya is bitter and may die of envy if Zambia continues winning under the new FAZ.
Kalusha has since advised the Zambian government to stop funding FAZ as part of his deal to campaign for the PF.
‘So when great Galu (Kalusha) saw that the boys started very well by beating Kenya 4-0, he phoned the Kenyans to test the Zambian players,’ the source said.
It is believed that the problem of age cheating is rampant among Zambian players and it was introduced by Kalusha, who himself cheated on his age for many years.
Using his position at CAF, Kalusha will fight FAZ at every angle and opportunity.
Zambia’s disqualification follows fresh Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) tests carried out on forward Nicholas Mulilo and Benjamin Phiri in Mauritius, which found the players were over the age of 17 and therefore according to Clause 10.5 (I) of the tournament regulations are not eligible to compete in the competition.
The pair had been tested, along with the rest of the squad, in Zambia prior to their arrival at the tournament, as is mandatory for all players competing at the CAF Under-17 Qualifiers and U-17 Youth Championships Final Tournament, but information sourced later from Confederation of African Football (CAF) indicated that these tests were incorrectly done.
The re-tests carried out in Mauritius revealed the players were not eligible to compete.
MRI scans have become standard in assessing the age of players in this age-group with a 99 percent accuracy.
Every bone in the arm and leg has an end plate from which bones grow. When the growth is completed (usually around the age of 17), then this end plate disappears on the MRI scans.
If it can be seen on the MRI scans, then it is proof that the player is 17 or younger.