Kotoko seek CAF’s clarification over SL opponents

GmkkKUMASI Asante Kotoko have written to CAF seeking clarification over their Champions League preliminary match with East End Lions.

The Ghanaian champions want official communication from the African football governing body amidst persistent reports that their Sierra Leonean opponents have withdrawn from the competition.

Over the past weeks, there have been persistent reports of East End Lions’ unwillingness to partake in the 19th edition of the Caf Champions League. This was also confirmed by a popular Sierra Leonean site, Footballsierraleone.net, which quoted a club source.

“We are obviously disappointed with the fact that we can’t compete against a tough side like Kotoko because of the present health situation.

“The Ebola has really caused a lot of problem for our football. It’s obvious opponents refuse to play in Freetown because the first things they think of is how to protect themselves from Ebola virus.

“It’s better to avoid any further discrimination due to Ebola epidemic,” A Lions official is quoted as saying on condition of anonymity.

Currently, the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has suspended all football activities due to the Ebola outbreak which has claimed many lives theere.

But Kotoko’s 2015 Champions League campaign’s Secretary and Public Affairs manager, Kwaku Ahenkorah, told supersport.com that the club cannot rely on media reports and are waiting for a confirmation from CAF.

“Asante Kotoko is not officially aware of East End Lions’ withdrawal from Africa. We’ve only heard media reports and have sought clarification from CAF. It will continue to be media reports until CAF communicates a response to us. As a result, we are still preparing towards our impending match with our Sierra Leonean counterparts,” he said.

The first leg of the preliminary round of the 2015 Caf Champions League is set for the weekend of February 13-15.

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