“There were five players in the team who are born in 1996and CAF rules say only players born from January 1,1997 are allowed to play,” said Ataelmaan.
He disclosed that Sudan FA will officially lodge a complaint with the continent’s soccer governing body Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) on the matter.
“I am currently not in Sudan but officials back home will make an official complaint with CAF,” he said.
However, Football Kenya Federation official, Chris Amimo who headed the Kenya delegation to Sudan said his team was given green light to field the alleged players by match commissioner who was in-charge of the game that day.
“We were in a pre-match meeting and the match commissioner clarified that the tournament is also open to players born in 1996.This information is even on the CAF Website,” he said.
Nonetheless, he added that the players in question will only be used in the ongoing qualifiers and not at the finals of the tournament to be played next year in Zambia.
“It just means that our 1996 born players are eligible in the qualifiers but not in the final tournament next year,” Amimo observed.
In the event the Sudanese protest succeeds at CAF Appeals Committee tribunal the Kenyans will be disqualified and their opponents will be handed a free ticket to proceed into the second round.
The two sides are expected to meet in return leg in Nairobi on April 23 and Kenya has an edge on their opponents for scoring an away goal in Khartoum.