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Kotoko, AshGold in hot water …asked to pay players’ debt or face Africa disqualification

Ghana Football Association (GFA) Club Licensing Board manager, Dr Kwame Baah-Nuako, has disclosed that Ghanaian clubs – Asante Kotoko and AshantiGold SC, would not be allowed to participate in their CAF Inter-club competitions, unless they pay their players and technical team and salaries that have been outstanding for more than six months.

The directive, according to him, came from CAF to the various Federations and Licensing Boards not to approve any club that owes its players and technical team over that duration.

The new CAF directive, the Club Licensing manager said, was already in place and would apply to Kotoko and AshantiGold competing in Africa this season.

Clubs in the West Africa region are known to be highly indebted to their players and technical team which has always been denied by the officials, and thus leaving the main actors, players, go hungry over months of unpaid fees and salaries.

Dr Baah-Nuakoh gave a hint on the instructions given the Club Licensing Board and the Ghana FA ahead of the upcoming CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup respectively.

“Let me give you a hint. The current Ghanaian Clubs that are going to compete in Africa, Asante Kotoko and Ashgold, CAF has reminded the Club Licensing Board and the FA that, one of the key tenets of club licensing they will implement this year is that, a club cannot have an overdue debt to any player or any of its staff.

“Let me explain; if a club has an active promise to pay a player signing on fee which was due as at December 31 2019, but has defaulted in paying such debt, the Club Licensing Board should not give that club clearance to play in Africa.

“It does not necessarily mean the club should not owe but the said debt should not be overdue. Even our own statutes say so but then how many of our clubs can meet this,?” he added. – Ghanasoccernet

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