What is needed to be done to shun fines after CAF slam Gambia?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

What is needed to be done to avoid unnecessary fines by the continent’s football governing body the Confederation of African Football (CAF)?

CAF has slammed The Gambia with a five thousand US Dollars fined for their misbehaviour  after the country’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers defeat at home to Togo.

The Scorpions lost to Hawks 1-0 in the return-leg fixture played on 16 October at the Independence Stadium in Bakau after their 1-1 draw in the first-leg clash played on 12 October at the Estadio Municipal in Lome.

The Gambia was also fined ten thousand US Dollars for overcrowding the Independence Stadium during their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at home to Algeria on 8 September.

The country was recently fined five thousand US Dollars after their fans threw missiles at the end of the match against Togo.

The fracas also delayed Togolese team’s departure for one extra hour due to the negative attitude of home supporters outside the Stadium.

Gambia Football Federation (GFF) and relevant football authorities must stand firm to shun crowd troubles during international matches to avoid unnecessary fines from CAF.

The Gambia is currently occupying bottom-place in group D of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with only 5 points after five group matches with one more go before the end of the qualifiers.

The Scorpions are five points behind group D leaders Algeria, who snatched 10 points in five group matches and two points behind second-place Benin with 7 points after five group matches.

The Gambia must defeat Algeria in their final group match in March next year in Algiers and hope Benin slip at home to Togo in Cotonou to secure qualification to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Author: Lamin Darboe
Source: Picture: GFF officials Lamin Kabba Bajo, Bakary K. Jammeh and Lamin M. Jassey