GFA confirms Asante Kotoko participation in CAF Champions League

The Ghana Football Association has confirmed Asante Kotoko’s participation in next term’s CAF Champions League.

The Ghanaian giants got the nod to represent Ghana in the Champions League based on Caf regulations following the premature cancellation of the Ghana Premier League back in June.

Since the end of 2019-2020 Ghana’s league season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Kumasi based side had not declared stance on whether or not they will participate in the 2020-2021 Caf competition but their regional colleagues Ash Gold who take the Confederation Cup slot have confirmed their involvement.

The GFA released a statement on their official website that confirms Kotoko’s participation in the 2020-2021 African Champions League.

Asante Kotoko SC have confirmed their participation in the 2020/2021 CAF Champions League competition,” the GFA announced on its official website on Monday.

“The confirmation is on the back of a letter sent to the club on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 to confirm their engagement in next season’s Caf inter-club competition.

Kotoko’s confirmation was contained in a letter dated September 7, 2020, signed by CEO Yaw Amponsah and sent to the GFA.

“The club is expected to go through the mandatory Club licensing process as set out in the GFA and Caf Club licensing regulations.

“Engagement and registration for the 2020/2021 Caf inter-club competition was opened on September 1, 2020 and will be closed on October 20, 2020.”

For the latest edition, Kotoko got the ticket to represent in African top flight inter club competition after clinching the Normalization Committee Special Competition last season when the beat Ghana Premier League rivals Karela United 4-1 on penalties.

However, their campaign was ended by Etoile Sportive du Sahel in the first round- emerging as the better of the two on 3-2 aggregate, after the Tunisians overturning a 2-0 deficit from the first leg at Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

Meanwhile, Etoile du Sahel qualified to the quarter finals of this year’s Champions League after topping group B against Al Ahly, Al Hilal and Platinum FC.

They where eliminated in quarter finals by Moroccan side Wydad Athletic Club Casablanca- who have a standing semifinals clash against Egyptian giants Al Ahly.

Kotoko have struggled in CAF inter club competitions in recent time especially as far as the Champions League is concern. They have had group stage football only once since the coining of the modern competition.

That was when they eliminated Aigle Royal de la Menoua of Cameroon, Clube Ferroviário de Maputo and USCA Foot to reach the money zone of the 2005-2006 Champions League but failed to make it out of group A that consisted of Al Ahly, JSK and Tunisia giants CS Sfaxien.

The Ghanaian side placed third with 7 points in the pegging order whiles CS Sfaxien topped the table and Ahly sealed qualification through to the semifinals of the 2006 competition with Ahly clinching the ultimate later.


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