GFA Denies Report On Appeal

GFAThe Ghana Football Association has refuted reports indicating their appeal to Africa’s football governing body [CAF] concerning a ban imposed on the Ghana U-17 team [Black Starlets] for allegedly fielding unqualified player has been discarded.

The Confederation of African Football slapped the West African country with an arguable punishment by banning the Black Starlets from participating in the 2015 African U-17 Championships after Cameroon filed a protest against Ghana for using over-aged players in the final qualifier to Niger 2015.

Ghana who had sent in an appeal to CAF over its decision to exclude the country from next year’s competition were expected to receive a response later this month after a meeting has been held on Wednesday November 26.

But media reports as at Friday November 21 indicates that CAF has dismissed Ghana’s plea on the ruling.

According to the FA’s spokesperson Ibrahim Sannie Darra, the GFA has not received any letter from CAF on the appeal sent over the team’s [Black Starlets] ban.

“We have not received a report from CAF on the appeal we sent over the Black Starlets ban,” he affirmed.

“CAF told us they will meet on the 26 November to consider our appeal so this news report looks a little early”.

“We are preparing ourselves for the best outcome and that is to figure out how to prepare the team well for the tournament in Niger”.

“We are also thinking about worst and that is to get reliable radiologists so advice us since we do not have radiologists and can only rely on services from third parties”.

Ghana will not be competing in the African U-17 Championships and might face further sanctioning if the final verdict by CAF goes against them.

The 2015 African U-17 Championships kick starts from February 15 to March 1.

last Friday,there was a report to the effect that CAF had rejected Ghana’s appeal over a ban following age-cheating in the 2015 African Under-17 championship qualifiers.

“We found Ghana’s appeal to be baseless and it holds no water so the ban still stands,” a Caf official was reported to have confirmed to a website, footballmadeinghana.

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