Zimbabwe Football Association release statement following COSAFA Cup age-cheating scandal

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ZIFA have since confirmed that the team has returned to Zimbabwe at the behest of COSAFA, but added that an appeal had been lodged against the decision to disqualify the U17 national team from the competition. 

Meschack Elia was found guilty of altering his age
Meschack Elia was found guilty of altering his age by one year with a fake passport.
Tobie Mimboe - aged cheated on several occasions b
Tobie Mimboe - aged cheated on several occasions before being dubbed Peter Pan.
 Carlos Alberto - claimed he was five years younge
Carlos Alberto - claimed he was five years younger and won the U20 World Cup with Brazil.
Seuntjie Motlhajwa - born in 1981 but claimed he w
Seuntjie Motlhajwa - born in 1981 but claimed he was born in 1983.
Shiva N'Zigou - The 'youngest scorer' at AFCON adm
Shiva N'Zigou - The 'youngest scorer' at AFCON admitted he was five-years older during his playing days.
Juan Espinoza - posed as nine years younger with d
Juan Espinoza - posed as nine years younger with different name and nationality.
Sibusiso Mzizi - used fake passport that meant he
Sibusiso Mzizi - used fake passport that meant he started school at the age of two.
Gourav Mukhi - claimed he was 16 but was in fact 2
Gourav Mukhi - claimed he was 16 but was in fact 28-years-old.
Ex-Free State stars defender Musa Magagula admitte
Ex-Free State stars defender Musa Magagula admitted he used his couins identity as Goodman Sauhatsi.
Collins Mbesuma alleged he is one year younger tha
Collins Mbesuma alleged he is one year younger than his reported age.

"[ZIFA] would like to inform the football fraternity and the nation that ZIFA has not received any response from CAF, following our appeal against the disqualification of our Under-17 team from this year's edition of the COSAFA Youth Championship," ZIFA spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said, per Zimbabwe's Herald.

"COSAFA has insisted that in the absence of communication from CAF, the expulsion stands and the team should travel back to Zimbabwe. Consequently, the team will return home.

"This does not mean that ZIFA has abandoned its appeal against disqualification, but we have taken this decision to avoid further straining the committed and innocent Young Warriors whose premature exit was disappointing and questionable.

"The Association would like to express its gratitude to all Zimbabweans who have supported the indefatigable Young Warriors whose participation in the COSAFA tournament was promising. ZIFA would like to reiterate that the Executive Committee remains committed in developing the beautiful game in the country."