Gambia have threatened to pull out of the West Africa Football Union Championship following a controversial penalty call against them in the opening match of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations.
Ghana qualified to the group stage of the competition at the expense of Gambia, thanks to a late penalty call after Thomas Abbey’s cross looked to have struck the arms of a Gambian player in the box.
Defender Vincent Atinga converted to prevent the match from travelling to penalty shootouts.
The decision by the referee left the Gambian players and officials disappointed after the game.
The Gambia FA have released a letter indicating they could boycott the biannual competition.
“Considering the fact that this is the second consecutive time we were robbed in broad daylight in the WAFU competition, the GFF therefore, shall formally protest to WAFU and CAF for necessary action to be taken. We may also consider our participation in the future WAFU competitions unless justice is seen to be done,” a statement on the Gambia Federation website read.
“The decision was greeted with divided commentary among the Ghanaian media with a section applauding Ouadraogo for the decision while the other lash him for killing the dream of the young Gambian side.”
Gambia have is also said to have reported the decision to CAS.
The WAFU Cup of Nations in still ongoing in Cape Coast.
By Frank Darkwah