the police officer set to referee Kotoko’s next League match



The Ghana Premier League is home to perhaps the most multi-talented talents in any league in Africa.

From photographers, nurses, to teachers, you have all kinds of professionals either featuring as players officiating matches.

The latest in a tall list Abdul Latif Qadir.

The Kumasi based referee was among a list of 23 Ghanaian referees who received FIFA badges in January.

Before his promotion in January 2023, Qadir earned his stripes the hard way. He was infamously suspended for the rest of the season in 2021 for awarding a non existent penalty to Liberty Professionals in their match against Karela United.

Qadir on duty as a Police officer

Six years prior, he escaped punishment after Unity FC accused him of misapplying the FIFA regulations in a Division One League match against Berlin FC.

Referee Abdul Latif Qadir was accused of signaling for a Two (2) minutes extra time to be played, which was shown by the 4th referee but played about Twelve (12) minutes of extra time until the home team Berlin FC scored the winning goal resulting in confrontation and the match ending at around 5:15pm contrary to the stipulations of the GFA Regulations.

He was charged for a breach of Articles 35(7)(a) and 35(7)(d) of the GFA General Regulations.

Following a hearing, the GFA said: ”The Disciplinary Committee having satisfied itself that the evidence adduced before it does not supports the charge against Referee Abdul Latif Qadir, hereby dismiss the charge against him.”

Qadir who is also a full time police officer, will officiate Asante Kotoko’s matchday 6 away game against Nations FC on Sunday.

He will be assisted by Emmanuel Dolangbanu & Gabriel Boateng with Foster Bastiours as 4th referee.



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