Lions withdraws from Confeds Cup

KPANDO Hearts of Lions have withdrawn from the 2015 CAF Confederations Cup competition, Ghanasportsonline.com can confirm.

The Kpando-based side who finished second in the 2013/14 First Capital plus Premier League were scheduled to represent Ghana in the CAF Champions League next year.

But a latest decision by CAF to reduce Ghana’s slots in Africa from 4 to 2 has heave last season’s runners-up to compete in the Confederations Cup.

“We have decided to pull out from the competition because of the decision by CAF to reduce the slots from 4 to 2,” General manager of the club Yashin Laryea revealed.

“Initially we had planned to play in the Champions League and so we gave the FA our consents, but now we have decided to withdraw from the competition after we had the notice that we are supposed to play in the Confederations Cup”.

“After meeting with some stakeholders of the club, we realised that playing in the Confederations Cup will not favour us, so we have come to conclusion to pull out of the competition.”

“So I can confirm to you that we will not be playing in Africa next year.”

The situation leaves the Ghana FA to decide whether or not to replace Lions with another club in next year’s inter-club competition.

Champions Asante Kotoko will however be representing Ghana in the CAF Champions League.

Meanwhile, the 2014 ranking for CAF club competitions has been determined based on the performance of the representatives of the national associations in the Orange CAF Champions League and Orange CAF Confederation Cup covering the 2009 to the 2013 seasons.

The ranking serves the criteria for the 2015 CAF Club competitions, with the top 12 countries entitled to enter two representatives each in the two competitions.

This means that the League champions and the runner-ups are eligible to participate in the CAF Champions League, whilst the winner of the domestic cup (FA Cup) and the third-place team in the national championship are entitled for the CAF Confederation Cup.

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