Asante Kotoko’s potential demotion to lower tier football are just rife of rumors according to latest FIFA notification revealed in a post by the Ghanaian news outlet Ghanaweb on Friday.
However the Ghanaian side still face potential sanctions if they fail in commitment to a FIFA ultimatum– which set Kotoko to clear Esperance de Tunis an amount of ($180,000) but additional fines sum up to $240,000, before the 10th day of May.
If they fail to clear themselves from that debt, they have been usually associated with demotion to second tier football as the next possible FIFA sanction.
But the latest report now appears that the Ghana Premier League giants face transfer ban instead which will prevent them from signing players on national and international scenes.
A notification sent from FIFA on 9th April, 2020 to Kotoko as quoted from Ghanaweb reads; “If payment is not made to the Creditor and proof of such a payment is not provided to the secretariat to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and to the Ghana Football Association by this deadline:
A. A ban from registering new players, either nationally or internationally, will be imposed on Debtor II. Once the deadline has expired, the transfer ban will be implemented automatically at national and international level by the Ghana Football Association and FIFA respectively, without a further formal decision having to be taken nor any order to be issued by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee or its secretariat.
“The transfer ban shall cover all men eleven-a-side teams of the Debtor – first team and youth categories –. Debtor II shall be able to register new players, either nationally or internationally, only upon the payment to the Creditor of the total outstanding amount. In particular, Debtor II may not make use of the exception and the provisional measures stipulated in article 6 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players in order to register players at an earlier stage.”
B. The Creditor may demand, in writing to the secretariat of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, that the matter be resubmitted to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee so that a ban on taking part in any kind of football-related activity be imposed on the Debtor I.
The Kumasi based club have mobilized resource in clearing the debt after receiving financial boost from their supporters- who have donated a huge amount of money in the bid to settling the North African side.