CAF’s Appeal Board upheld Gambia decision

The Appeal Board of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has upheld the decision of the CAF Disciplinary Board to dismiss the Gambia Football Federation’s appeal on the eligibility of Togo international James Adewale Olufade.

The GFF confirmed placing an appeal to CAF’s adjuratory body against the Disciplinary Board’s dismissal of its case over the eligibility of Olufade who they claim is Nigerian.

The 24-year-old’s nationality was brought into question after the GFF claimed he does not qualify to play for Togo and has a different birth date.

But two weeks after its appeal, the African football governing body’s Appeal Board says it’s dismissing the protest lodged by the GFF and confirmed Olufade’s eligibility for Togo.

A statement on the CAF website read that: “On 23rd January 2019, Gambia FF has appealed the decision of the CAF Disciplinary Board. Considering CAF statutes, regulations and Disciplinary Code; the Appeal Board decided as follows that.”

“1. Declare the Appeal of Gambia Football Federation admissible in law; 2. Declare the Appeal of Gambia Football Federation inadmissible in substance; 3. Confirm the decision of CAF Disciplinary Board with regard to the eligibility of player James Adewale Olufade to represent Togo national team.”

The GFF meanwhile in a brief statement on its social media handle says it “wishes to inform its stakeholders and the general public that we have consulted our lawyers for legal advice before our next line of action”.