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ASANTE KOTOKO TO PLEAD WITH NORMALIZATION COMMITTEE OVER AFRICA PARTICIPATION

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Kumasi Asante Kotoko look to officially plead the Ghana Football Association’s (GFA) Normalization Committee (N.C) to reconsider their decision not to submit any club to represent the country in the CAF Champions League nor the Confederations Cup.

After unanimously agreeing that the 2017/2018 season premier league be truncated due to the Anas’ Number 12 Exposé, the majority of the premier league clubs at a meeting with the NC, voted against Ghana’s participation in the 2019/2020 season of the CAF competitions due to complications in choosing which clubs should represent Ghana.

Against this backdrop, policy analyst of Asante Kotoko Yaw Amoh Sarpong insists his outfit are fully prepared for Africa and would “plead” with the NC to allow them represent Ghana either in the Champions League or the Confederations Cup.

“We will plead with them (NC) to change it (the decision to pull out of the continental competitions) and we will plead in a very positive way”, Sarpong told Kumasi based FOX FM.

Addressing the issue of format to choose clubs for the competition, Amoh Sarpong has given a roadmap that may be worth considering.

” For the teams to represent, we can play smaller competition among four (4) teams then the 1st and 2nd (teams) are made to represent”, he suggested.

Ghana lost 2 of her 4 slots in CAF competitions due to poor performance in the continent’s club competitions and is currently working hard to regain it, but Sarpong believes absenting from the competition will only worsen the situation.

“You don’t get the 4 slots by absenting yourself from the competition, you get it back by telling the world and Africa that your football is not dead, you still have footballers who are ready to play”, he argued.

“If we are not ready to represent Ghana and we want to build the fundamental they (the clubs and the NC) should tell us what the fundamentals are, we don’t understand the word fundamental?”, he fumed.

Asante Kotoko are on top form currently despite lack of major competition in the country presently, and they strongly believe they would do better to help Ghana build points towards regaining the lost slots if given the chance to partake in Africa.

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Story.Stephen Tetteh

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