Communication glitch forces Wings, Warriors out of Under-13 league

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The Wings U-13 Football team turned up at Antigua Recreation Grounds but were barred from participating in the quarter-finals of the Development Tournament on Saturday.

According to management of the Wings Youth Football Committee, the players were requested to present their passports or birth certificates to the organisers of the league to verify their ages; but only a few had the documents.

President and head coach of Young Warriors Club, Colin James, said his team was also disqualified from the tournament for the same ruling.

But James, on an ABS Sports programme on Saturday afternoon, criticised the organisers for careless and ineffective communication to the clubs.

James said that the organisers should have addressed this issue from the beginning with proper communication and not simply by word of mouth or just putting a notice on the radio.

He said also, that FIFA had allocated funding for youth development, but Antigua & Barbuda Football Association still wanted to charge the children a registration fee.

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