Speaking at a press conference in the aftermath of the Caf decision, GFF spokesman, Buba Janneh, told journalists that the GFF will appeal to the continental body over a specific item – an article in the Caf regulations which was apparently not implemented by the commissioner in the match concerned.  He said this has to do with Article 41 which requires a match commissioner to indicate and stop players who might not be qualified to play in a given competition. 

The articles states: “Each team participating at the Youth Championship must imperatively transmit the list of 23 players susceptible to take part at the match at the match to the commissioner and the referee at the pre-match technical meeting or else they will be sanctioned. The commissioner and the referees must disallow any player on the list that does not conform to the standards of qualification of the competition from participation at the match. CAF reserves the right to sanction any failures.”

“We wish to appeal and to draw Caf’s attention to the above article,” Janneh said. But he made it clear that does not in any way mean that they are expecting Caf to change its decision on the expulsion of The Gambia.  “We are not in any way insinuating that we expect them to reverse the decision,” he concluded.



By Lamin Cham