GFF appeals CAF decision on Olufade eligibility

The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) has confirmed it has appealed to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) against the dismissal of its case over the eligibility of Togo international James Adewale Olufade.

The 24-year-old’s nationality was brought into question after the GFF 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”.

CAF two weeks ago ruled that the Union Sportive de Douala defender is indeed Togolese and is eligible to play for the Sparrowhawks.

The GFF, unsatisfied with CAF’s decision, says it has now submitted an appeal to the governing body’s Appeal Board, who are expected to consider the case at their next meeting on Sunday.

“The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) wishes to inform its stakeholders and the general public that it has appealed against the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to dismiss our protest against the eligibility of Togolese national team player James Adewale Olufade. Consequently, the GFF further wishes to inform its stakeholders and the general public that after careful study of the said case, our legal advisers believed that we have a case, thus their advice for us to launch an appeal,” a statement from the Federation read.

Already qualified Algeria lead Group D of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, followed by Benin with Togo ahead of the Scorpions at the bottom of with both sides on five points.