General Manager of Berekum Chelsea FC, Husseni Burhanu, believes his club would have represented Africa better if they had qualified for the continental championship.
Popularly known in football circles as Alhaji Alfa, the Chelsea General Manager (GM) asserted that two of Ghana’s marquee clubs – Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak, have been disappointing in their continental campaigns.
Kotoko were last month eliminated at the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League by Burkina Faso’s Kadiogo, but Hearts have a return date to deal with – after suffering an embarrassing 3-0 loss to ASR Bamako in the preliminary stage of the CAF Confederation Cup contest.
In 2012, Berekum Chelsea qualified to the money zone of the 48th edition of the CAF Champions League, exhibiting some polished football throughout their stay.
Also nicknamed Anyemi, Alhaji Alfa has called on the playing body to maintain their imposing performance so far in the betPawa Ghana Premier League to enable them clinch the ultimate at the end of the 2022/2023 league season, “so we can return to Africa.”
Chelsea occupy the top spot of the domestic league on seven points from three games – a goal better than Aduana Stars and Great Olympics, both of which share same points.
Alhaji Alfa, who is Chief Executive Officer of Cosmos Construction Works and Trading Limited, is optimistic Chelsea – the 2010/2011 Ghana Premier League champions, will qualify to the group stages “once we get the opportunity to represent Ghana again.”
“We want to win the league and perform well in Africa so we can compel CAF to restore the four slots allotted Ghana years back.”
Non-performance of Ghanaian clubs in Africa forced CAF to slash the nation’s continental slots to two.
The Chelsea TM appealed to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to swiftly resolve the AshantiGold court case for the early continuation of the league.
He also seized the opportunity to congratulate the Head Coach of the team, Christopher Ennin, for winning the ‘GPL Coach of the Month title for September, 2022.
BY JOHN VIGAH