Caf told BBC Sport that there is no appeals procedure because the decision was taken by its executive committee, adding that The Gambia would either have to admit guilt and seek a pardon or take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

When BBC Sport relayed this information to GFF president Mustapha Kebbeh, he declared his belief that it would not be necessary for The Gambia to pursue either of those options.

“We are going ahead to explain to our parent body in Africa and to show them all the evidence that there was not a deliberate intention in any way by The Gambia Football Federation, GFF, or The Gambia to incorrectly certify age,” he said.


“We will show Caf all the evidences and I’m sure it will then be better placed to accept our explanation and reconsider its position. We are confident the suspension will be lifted,” Kebbeh told the BBC.

On Saturday, Kebbeh addressed a joint press conference with the National Sports Council at which they both announced that they would work together to push the appeal.

He had always insisted that the reasons for the total suspension was a misconception and not a deliberate action to falsify age and said it was a genuine administrative error that occurred before even he came to power.


By Lamin Cham