Will the Lone Star’s U-20 Protest Hold?

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Liberia has protested against her 1-0 defeat in the first leg of the U-20 African Championship against the Darling Scorpions of the Gambia.

According to CAF, only players born on 1st January 1995 or after are eligible to play.

The over-aged players in question are Sampler Mendy, born July 12, 1994, with passport # 389290; Buba Sanneh, born November 14, 1994, with passport # 453884; Bubacarr Trawally, born November 10, 1994, passport # 453505; Saloum Faal, October 10, 1994, passport # 301441 and Ali Sowe, July 14, 1994, passport # 332465.

The formal protest was signed by diminutive skipper Benjamin D. Gbamy and Team Manager Tommy Johnson immediately after the game and delivered to Match Commissioner Louis Laryeh of Ghana.

It was acknowledged by referees from Benin: Akintoye Germain Koole, Narcisse G. Kouton, Borgias U. Houedin and Moumouni Kiagou.

Up to Sunday, the Captain and Team Manager of the Darling Scorpions of the Gambia, Bubacarr Sanyang and Saikou Bah respectively reportedly refused to co-sign the protest.

But the Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Alphonso Armah, told the Daily Observer Monday that a protest letter has been sent to the Secretary General of CAF, Hicham El Amrani and a copy given to the match commissioner.

In 2010, Liberia filed protest in Niger when the U-20 Liberian team lost 3-0, but unfortunately lost the protest for wrongly accusing the U-20 Niger team for fielding an over-aged player. Two weeks later, the Coach Hazer Gray’s U-20 was also beaten 2-0 in Monrovia.

Meanwhile, Liberia is expected honor the return leg in two weeks in Banjul, The Gambia.

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