Liberia Wins Protest against The Gambia

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The U-20 national team, Satellites crossed over to the second round of the preliminary stage in the African Championship after winning their protest against the Darling Scorpions of The Gambia.

According to the Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Alphonso Armah, a communiqué with the ruling of The Gambia’s disqualification for fielding illegal (overage) players in accordance to the September 2, 2013’s CAF Circular has been sent to the Gambia Football Association and copied the LFA.

Armah, who spoke with the Daily Observer last evening, said the return-leg between the Satellite of Liberia and the Darling Scorpion of The Gambia has been automatically cancelled and Liberia is awarded the points.

On Sunday, April 6, 2014, Liberia protested against The Gambia for fielding five overage players in a match that The Gambia won 1-0.

The over-aged players in question are Sampler Mendy, born July 12, 1994, Buba Sanneh, born November 14, 1994, Bubacarr Trawally, born November 10, 1994, Saloum Faal, October 10, 1994, and Ali Sowe, July 14, 1994.

The Gambian Daily Observer had quoted a Gambian FA official admitting that overage platers were used with his understanding that Sowe is the eldest, Sowe who will celebrate his 20th birthday in June, would then be illegible.

“We are very much aware of the rules of this competition. We know that in the competition proper, all the players have to be born in 1995 but during the qualifiers, a player is eligible to play as long as he is less than 20. This is U-20 tournament and not U-19 so our players are eligible to play in the game,” Mr. Kebbe Touray of the GFF said.

With the disqualification, The Gambian official misunderstood the rules.

Liberia now qualifies for the second round, and the Satellites are presently undergoing minor preparation at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

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