Already, The Gambia was kicked out as first punishment and according to Caf regulations, more is to come and it could be sooner rather than later. The letter informing the GFF of the U-20 disqualification stated that more sanctions could follow.

On Monday, the Caf disciplinary committee went into a meeting and though nothing has come from them on The Gambia as we went to press, experts on Caf regulations say they have two options before them on The Gambia affair.

Both options are found at Article 37 of the Caf regulations, which states: ”For any deliberate intention to foul or cheat in any matter involving the falsification of documents, the defaulting association shall be suspended for two years from all CAF competitions.”


The same article however added that: ”For any administrative error in the matter of the players’ registration or date of birth without deliberate intention, the concerned association shall be suspended for two years from all the age category competitions of CAF.”According to most experts familiar with Caf, The Gambia’s case looks more likely to fall in the last of the above options since it is an administrative error that led to the non-compliance with the Caf circular on age criteria.

But even here, our sources went on, the Under-17 team could be barred from participating since it falls under the Caf age category referred to in the article. Another source said he hoped that Caf would waive any further punishment. The waiting is on.


BY Lamin Cham