GFA to probe Morocco’s protest threat

BY: Peter Sarbah
Kurt Okraku - GFA President
Kurt Okraku - GFA President

The Executive Council (ExCo) of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) is due to meet the Management Committee and technical handlers of the Black Maidens this week to address the threat of protest raised by Morocco against some alleged unqualified players ahead of last Friday’s FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup at the Accra Stadium.

The emergency meeting is to enable the Maidens officials brief the ExCo members on the issue and also seek the way forward on the matter.

Ghana’s Black Maidens boosted their qualification chances to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in India with a 2-0 first leg victory at the Accra Stadium last Friday after the Moroccans had protested against some unqualified players in the Ghanaian team.


The Daily Graphic gathered that the Moroccans raised issues over the eligibility of some Maidens players at the pre-match technical meeting, claiming they had documents to prove that five Ghanaian players were overage.

Further investigations revealed that even though the Black Maidens Management Committee obliged to withdraw the suspected players from the team, the Moroccans still threatened to lodge an official complaint with the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) over Ghana’s misconduct.

However, sources close to the Maidens told the Daily Graphic that an internal probe was being conducted to ascertain if some players indeed had different dates of birth on different documents which the Moroccans might have laid their hands on.

In case the Moroccans succeed in their protest against the alleged ineligible players, it would nullify the Maidens’ comfortable first leg lead and scupper the Maidens’ World Cup dream.