Gambia FA banned for fielding overage players

The Gambia Football Association has been banned from participating in all Confederation of African Football (Caf) tournaments for two years after being found guilty by the continental governing body of lying about players’ ages.

Last month, Gambia was disqualified from the qualifiers for the continent’s premier U-20 championship for fielding five overage players in a match against Liberia on April 6. One of the five players was found to have registered with Caf in 2012 for the Confederation Cup with an identical passport number, but with a birth date going back to 1988. The tournament was only open to players born after January 1, 1995.

The country will now miss out on all Caf tournaments, including the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Caf said that the punishment is applied for “any deliberate intention to foul or cheat in any matter involving the falsification of documents.”

Caf President Issa Hayatou told members of the Caf executive committee to continue to tackle such violations of “ethics and morality” with stern punishments.