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Gambia appeals 2-year ban from international competition for age cheating

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BANJUL, Gambia - The Gambia Football Federation has appealed against its two-year ban from international competition for selecting overage players in an under-20 match and forging player documents.

GFF spokesman Bakary B. Baldeh on Monday says that the appeal has been lodged with the Confederation of African Football. CAF suspended Gambia from all African competitions for fielding five overage players in an under-20 championship qualifier against Liberia last month. CAF said some of the players' passports had been doctored.

The ban meant Gambia's senior national team was thrown out of qualifying for next year's African Cup of Nations in Morocco. Under the ban, Gambian clubs aren't allowed to play in continental games.

Gambia, a small West African nation of less than two million people, has never qualified for a major football tournament.

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