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Young Africans get fine and ban

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    Young Africans get fine and ban

    By Emmanuel Muga
    BBC Sport, Dar es Salaam

    Young Africans have been fined and banned by Cecafa

    Tanzanian champions Young Africans have been banned by the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa).

    As well as the three-year ban, the team also known as Yanga, were fined US$35,000 for refusing to play a game at the regional club competition on Sunday.

    The team refused to play their arch rivals Simba in the Cecafa Club Cup third-place play-off after unsuccessfully demanding a US$50,000 appearance fee.

    Young African spokesman Francis Lucas defended the club's demands claiming that games between Yanga and Simba can generate up to US$5 million.

    As well as the fine and ban, Young Africans missed on the chance of winning the third-place prize money of US$10,000, which went to Simba.

    Cecafa general secretary Nicolas Musonye was furious: "We were headed for a grand climax on Sunday but for unexplained reasons Yanga boycotted the third-place match; the damage is massive and difficult to salvage.".

    Musonye insisted Young Africans had promised to honour the fixture during the pre-match meeting without making any demands.

    Young Africans' decision to boycott the match sent shockwaves as far as the Tanzania parliament on Monday.

    "What Yanga did was a shame to the country, I ask the Sports Minister to punish the responsible leaders," MP Dr Raphael Chegeni said in parliament.

    Tusker from Kenya won the tournament with a win a 2-1 win over URA of Uganda.