Snubs U-20 Protest
Director Accuses Match Commissioner of Conspiracy
Liberia’s Technical Director Henry Browne
By SWAL Rep Leroy M. Sonpon, III in Niger
The Confederation Africaine De Football (CAF) has rejected
the protest of the U-20 Lone Star team, filed by the Liberia
Football Association (LFA) owing to protest procedural, but
Liberia’s Technical Director Henry Browne accused Match
commissioner Abdel Hakim El Shelmani of conspiracy.
According to the letter dated 24 April 2012, under the
signature of the General Secretary of CAF, Hicham El Amrani,
he wrote that Liberia’s protest was not in compliant with
the Competition’s regulations.
The CAF Chief Scribe stated that according to the rules and
regulations governing the 18th African U-20 Championship,
the Administrative Manager (Team Manager) should not have
signed the protest given to Match commissioner Abdel Hakim
El Shelmani, but rather, it should have been done by the
Captain of the Liberia U-20 team and countersigned by the
“Kindly note the following provisions of Article 19 of the
Competition’s regulations stipulating: 1 - It must be
preceded by a nominal and motivated protest formulated on
the proper form, before the match, by the captain of the
protesting team and communicated to the captain of the
opposing team who will countersign it. In this case, the
referee must inform the Secretariat by fax, cable or telex
immediately after the match. 2 – I t must be confirmed by a
registered letter, by telex, by cable or by fax, sent to the
CAF Secretariat at most 48 hours after the match. 3 – The
protest fees are fixed at $1,200 (One Thousand Two Hundred
US Dollars) which will be returned to the protesting team if
the protest is upheld.”
The CAF Chief Scribe also informed the LFA of submitting the
“protest” to a competent committee for investigation, if
Meanwhile, the head of delegation of the U-20 Lone Star
delegation, who is also the Technical Director of the LFA
has accused Libyan Match Commissioner Abdel Hakim El
Shelmani of conspiracy.
He stated that when Administrative Manager Eric Panton
discovered the illegal players during inspection, they
immediately informed Commissioner Shelmani and requested the
‘Protest Form,’ but the Commissioner told them that he did
not have the ‘Protest Form.’
“While we were talking about the form, Commissioner Shelmani
signaled referee Keita Mohamadou and his assistants
(Malians) to order the teams for warm-up on the pitch.
“Owing to our persistent dialogue with the Commissioner, we
were only able to get the photocopies of the seven players
before the match.
“Immediately after the match, when we again contacted
Commissioner Shelmani, he insisted that he never have any
protest form, and therefore instructed us to buy a paper to
write our protest and since it was not the form, he asked
the paper to be signed by the Administrative Manager,
knowing that it was not the procedure,” Mr. Browne opined.
The Liberia Football Association’s Technical Director in
furious mood said the act of the Commissioner was a
“complete conspiracy,” intended to support the home team.
He also urged the LFA to pursuit the protest, to be
investigated by the CAF’s competent as well as the
unprofessional attitude of the Match Commissioner.