Despite failing to reach the MTN FA Cup finals this season, Asante Kotoko will be given the opportunity to represent Ghana in the CAF Confederation Cup next season, footballmadeinghana.com can confirm.
This follows the Ghana FA’s recent announcement that finalists AshGold will not be able to represent the West African country in the Confederation Cup even if they defeat Hearts of Oak in the final.
The Miners will face the Phobians at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday in a tense match, but the latest Ghana FA information suggests that the Obuasi side has already been weakened.
According to the Ghana FA, the Miners submitted a late request for an extraordinary application in order to obtain the necessary licence to compete in the CAF Confederation Cup in 2021/22.
The FA stated, “This follows a late request from AshgantiGold for an extraordinary application to enable them to acquire the required licence to participate in the 2021/22 CAF Confederation Cup.”
By informing the Miners that their application was late and that they will not be allowed to compete in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup, the available slot is now reserved for Hearts of Oak, Asante Kotoko, and Medeama SC, the only three clubs who submitted their applications on time.
“Consequently, Accra Hearts of Oak SC, Medeama SC and Asante Kotoko SC being the three clubs in the CAF list of LICENSED CLUBS are the only eligible clubs which can play in Africa in the 2021/22 season,” the FA said in the release
And, with Hearts of Oak set to compete in the CAF Champions League next season after winning the Ghana Premier League, Asante Kotoko are the only team left to represent Ghana in the CAF Confederation Cup, as Medeama SC have expressed no interest in competing.
In a recent interview with 3FM, Patrick Akoto, Communications Manager of Medeama SC, stated unequivocally that his team may not compete in the CAF Confederation Cup.
If it is confirmed that Medeama will not be ready to compete in the CAF Confederation Cup next season, Asante Kotoko will be the only club left.
Because Medeama is unable to compete and Hearts of Oak has already secured a place in the Champions League, the Porcupine Warriors will be given the opportunity to compete in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Apart from being one of the three clubs to have submitted their licence application on time, Asante Kotoko finished second in the league, making them the only team eligible to represent Ghana at the competition in the absence of the FA Cup winner.