Sunday Aug 08, 2021. 10:00
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has clarified that AshantiGold will not be able to participate in the next edition of the CAF Confederation Cup (CAFCC).
Ashanti had made a late appeal to the GFA to replace Medeama SC in the second-tier continental competition after the latter club, which qualified via the Ghanaian FA Cup, decided to pull the plug on their participation.
However, The Miners failed to meet the deadline for the license required to compete in CAF competitions, leaving the GFA with no choice but to announce that Ghana will have no representative in the 2021-22 CAFCC.
“The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has formally written to AshantiGold SC notifying them of their inability to compete in the 2021-22 CAF Inter Club competitions – CAF Confederation Cup,” The GFA stated on their website.
“[This] follows a late request from AshantiGold for an extraordinary application to enable them acquire the required licence to participate in the 2021-22 CAF Confederation Cup. The GFA had further correspondence with CAF on the subject and below are the key points in their reply.
“The deadline for GFA to submit the club licensing decisions and documents of the clubs for the CAF IC 21-22 was 15 July 2021.
“CAF informed the Federations that the 15 July 2021 deadline date was non-negotiable and non-extendable by any means.
“CAF informed the Federations that they should submit by 15 July 2021, all club licensing decisions and documents of all the clubs standing a chance to qualify to CAF Interclub competitions based on sporting merit, regardless of the status of completion of the domestic league or national cup competition.
“Unfortunately, we regret to inform that at this point of time, by force of the CAF Circular no club licensing decision may be accepted, consequently Ashantigold SC will not be able to take part in the CAF IC 21-22 season.”
Ghana will be represented in the CAF Champions League, with Hearts of Oak playing in the competition after they won the 2020-21 Ghana Premier League – their first title since 2009.