The Government has started investigating the debacle which saw Zimbabwe disqualified from the COSAFA Men’s U17 Championship.

The Young Warriors were found guilty for fielding over-age players at the tournament. They had played one game, a 1-1 draw against Angola which was nullified.

Botswana, Eswatini and Comoros teams were also thrown out of the competition.

In an interview with the Herald, Deputy Minister of Sport, Tino Machakaire, said they are disappointed with the expulsion of the Young Warriors.

“As a ministry, we were very disappointed to learn of the disqualification of our Under-17 boys,’’ he said.

“The boys have a lot of potential and are playing quite well. This development is a setback that will affect their play.

“We are currently looking into the matter. However, let me state that as a Ministry we do not condone corruption of any sort, or any underhand dealings.

“I can firmly assure you that this matter will be duly resolved.’’

Botswana and Eswatini FAs have already taken measures, with the latter suspending its CEO over the matter.

ZIFA, meanwhile, have appealed against their disqualification.