10 Benin Youth Players from under-17 Squad and former Benin football Federation(FBF) President Anjorin Moucharafou have been given prison sentences for age cheating.
The team was disqualified from regional qualifiers for the 2019 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations tournament back in September, in Niamey, Niger.
According to reports, the players were given six-month prison sentences with five months suspended because they have been in prison since coming back from Niger since September.
The players and officials managing the team were found guilty of lying about the footballers’ ages after they failed Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) tests in Niger.
Three other officials including the Under-17 national team coach Lafiou Yessoufof received similar sentence after being implicated in the scandal.
Football governing body FIFA, had previously suspended the country concerning age cheating in 2004 and also sent several warnings between 2010 and 2013.