CAF rejects Gambia’s protest on Olufade eligibility

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have dismissed the Gambia’s protest on the eligibility of Togo international James Adewale Olufade.

The 24-year-old’s nationality was brought into question after The Gambia Football Federation claimed that Olufade is 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 as Adewale Olufade but in the CAF system, he is registered as James Adewale Olufade and his date of birth as 21 August 1994”.

Three months after Gambia’s protest letter, CAF has now ruled that the Union Sportive de Douala defender is indeed Togolese and is eligible to play for the Sparrowhawks to the disappointment of the Federation.

On a post on its website, the Gambia Football Federation (GFF)’s states that: “the Togolese Football Federation were able to prove that Olufade was born in Togo and is indeed eligible to play for its national team but his double registration on the CMS was an administrative error.”

The FA meanwhile threatened legal action against CAF saying: “In light of the above and based on the facts produced by CAF, the GFF further wishes to inform its stakeholders and the general public that it is currently seeking legal advice to enable us take a decision on our next action”.