Caf lifts bans on over a dozen U17s and U20s sides

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The Confederation of African Football has ended suspensions for 15 national youth teams, freeing up all 54 member states to play competitively.

The ruling affects 10 Under-17 sides and five Under-20 teams.

And it means all are now able to enter qualifying for Africa U-17 Cup of Nations Madagascar 2017 and Africa U-20 Cup of Nations Zambia 2017.

Caf has set a deadline of 31 December 2015 for countries to confirm they will compete in the competitions.

The bans were given for breaches of regulations, including no-shows and age-cheating.

Caf director of communications Junior Binyam told BBC Sport the organisation decided to lift the bans "so as not to deprived youths of those country to miss back-to-back competitions".

Under-17 sides to have had their ban lifted: Benin, Burundi, Central African Republic, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Mauritania, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.

Under-20 sides to have had their ban lifted: Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Lesotho and South Sudan.