Ghana FA explains why Black Maidens age cheating ban was not appealed

Published on: 26 January 2023

Communications Director of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Henry Asante Twum, has opened up on why his outfit did not contest Black Maiden's ban for age cheating.

Ghana's Female U-17 side were banned and slapped with a $100,000 fine in July of 2022 after being found guilty of age fraud allegations by the Confederations of African Football [CAF] after Nancy Amoh and Rasheeda Shahadu were found to be above 17.

However, the country's football governing body had the option to appeal the decision by writing to the CAF Disciplinary Board but steered clear of doing so.

“We looked at the case. We analyzed the merits and demerits of the case and the legal team advised we don’t appeal,” he said in an interview with GhOne.

“The Moroccans hinted to us that they’ve got information on our players and they have Ghanaians who provided that information to them and they are 100 per cent sure that the information is nothing but the truth.

“We requested for the information. Unfortunately, it happened that some of the players in the team at the time were not of the required age but at that time they had already played the first leg,” he added

The Black Maidens are the only African nation to win in the quarter-finals of the U-17 Women’s World Cup placing 3rd in the 2012 edition.