By Eric Yaw Donkoh

The Gambia Football Federation [GFF] has condemned referee Boukari Ouedraogo, for the seemingly handcuffed decision he took against the Scorpions in their opening match of the 2017 WAFU tournament on Saturday, September 09 at the Cape Coast Stadium against the Black Stars B.

The Gambia lost 0-1 to Ghana but the GFF holds the view that the result of the game [Ghana vs. the Gambia] was manipulated by the center referee [B. Ouedraogo] having awarded the Black Stars B a controversial penalty in time added on.

“The Gambia Football Federation wishes to express its disappointment in the strongest possible terms in the manner in which the Ghana Vs Gambia match was decided. An inexistent penalty robbed Gambia and secured Ghana a place in the group stages of the competition,” a statement from the federation read.

“In this regard, the GFF wishes to condemn the abhorrent officiating by the Burkina referee, Boukari Ouedraogo, who after giving several contentious decisions against our team and with the game heading to the penalty kicks awarded a nonexistent penalty to the home side,” the statement added.

2017 WAFU Cup [Opening ceremony]
2017 WAFU Cup [Opening ceremony]
According to the GFF this is the second time the Scorpions are being denied the opportunity to progress through the night of the whistle and as such may rescind their participation in future competitions.

“Considering the fact that this is the second consecutive time that we were robbed in broad daylight in a WAFU competition, the GFF therefore, shall formerly protest to WAFU and CAF for necessary action. We may also consider our participation in future WAFU competitions unless justice is seen to be done.”

Meanwhile, the GFF commended the spirited performance exhibited by the Scorpions in their match against Ghana, the Head Coach [Omar K. Sise], as well as the entire technical team.