Togo brushes aside Gambia’s claim of player eligibility

The Fédération Togolaise de Football (FTF) has debunked the Gambia’s claims that Adewale James Olufade is ineligible to play for the Sparrowhawks.

The Gambia Football Federation (GFF), last week protested to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) over Togo’s use of the defender when the two sides met in Lomé.

The GFF, in their protest letter to CAF, states that Olufade is a Nigerian and does not qualify to play for the eight-time Africa Cup of Nations finalists adding that “in the match form provided by Togo, his name is listed Adewale Olufade but in the CAF system, he is registered as James Adewale Olufade and his date of birth as 21 August 1994”.

The FTF have meanwhile brushed aside Gambia’s claim and says the player is eligible for Togo and that they have no official communiqué regarding the GFF’s protest.

“We have receiving no communication confirming this complaint and we want to assure the public about the regularity of the documents of the player James Adewale Olufade,” FTF’s Secretary General Pierre Lamadokou said in a statement on Friday.

The Federation’s spokesperson Augustin Amega later added that: “It is true that Olufade has a dual nationality but he has never played for Nigeria for the Togolese Federation to apply for a change of association to FIFA. He’s well qualified to play for Togo and we do not worry about that (Gambia’s claim).”

It remains to be seen what outcome CAF will decide on the case of 24-year-old Olufade who plays in Cameroon for Union de Douala.