The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has released team lists for the August edition of the KPL U20 tournament which is scheduled to kick off on Saturday 13 August.
The league management, jointly with the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) conducted the verification process to curb age cheating that was rampant in the April edition and it revealed in a statement that a number of players have been locked out.
The KPL has advised clubs that players disqualified or those on provisional registration and may fail to get the go – ahead, could be replaced before the tournament kicks off, meaning the clubs have just Friday to put their houses in order, and submit lists of 20 players each.
“In the course of the verification, it came out clear that age-cheating is a vice which continues to blight Kenyan football and as result, the verification process will still go on during the tournament. Therefore, should any team be found to have fielded an over-age player or players during the championship, the team will be disqualified and be banned from the next edition of the KPL U20 championship.
“Players who have been disqualified can be replaced before the tournaments starts on Saturday, 13 August 2016 whereas teams who have more than 23 players in their provisional are required to have provided a final squad list before the tournament begins.
“Provisionally registered players will only be cleared if the required documents are provided,” the statement from KPL notes.