Togo denies Oloufade ineligibility

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Togo’s football federation; Fédération Togolaise de Football (FTF) has discredited Gambia’s protest against Adewale James Olufade’s ineligibility.

The Gambia Football Federation last week protested to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) over the eligibility of Oloufade to play for Togo following their 1-0 win over the Scorpions in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier return-leg in Banjul.

According to GFF, Oloufade is a Nigerian and is not eligible to feature for Togo. They said in CAF’s system, the prolific player is registered as James Adewale Olufade and his date of birth as 21 August 1994.

 “We have not yet received any communication confirming this complaint and we want to assure the public about the regularity of the documents of the player James Adewale Oloufade,” FTF’s Secretary General Pierre Lamadokou said in a statement on Friday.

The Federation’s spokesperson Augustin Amega later added that: “It is true that Olufade has a dual nationality but he has never played for Nigeria for the Togolese Federation to apply for a change of association to FIFA. He’s well qualified to play for Togo and we do not worry about that (Gambia’s claim).”

It remains to be seen what outcome CAF will decide on the case of 24-year-old Olufade who plays in Cameroon for Union de Douala.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara