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Ghana's Africa slots slashed



Ghana is set to return to a one-club representation in each of the two Africa inter-club competitions next year.

A Caf source tells supersport.com that the Ghana FA will have to enter the name of only its league and domestic Cup winners in the Caf Champions League and the Confederation Cup respectively by the November 30 deadline.

The country has dropped out of the top 12 rankings which would have made them eligible to enter two teams in each of the competitions.

"A circular was sent to all federations informing them of their quota for the next inter-club competitions some months ago. Ghana will have to enter one club each for the Champions League and the Confederation Cup respectively," the source disclosed.

Caf has a 5-year Ranking system used to aggregate the positions of countries based on the performances and points gained by their club representatives over those years.

Points are attributed to the member associations when their clubs reach the final 8 (money zone) of any of the two club tournaments.

Ghana’s slots at the 2015 Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup is thus lessening just a year after it was doubled by the Confederation of African Football.

The West African nation first suffered a similar fate in 2009 but regained their four slots in Africa following former league Champions Berekum Chelsea’s exploits in the 2012 Caf Champions League.

Their last 8 finish increased Ghana’s points and placed the country on 12th position hence, the four slots.

However, the four clubs which represented Ghana in the recently ended inter-club competitions - Asante Kotoko, Berekum Chelsea, Medeama SC and Ebusua Dwarfs all failed to make the final 8 of the various competitions.

As a result of the review of the ranking for the 2015 which spans from 2009-2013, Ghana falls out of the top 12 bracket to 14th position and can only enter one club in each of the Champions League and Confederation Cup respectively.

Kotoko won the double in the 2013/14 Ghanaian season - the Premier League and the FA Cup. This means the league’s runners-up, Heart of Lions will have to take the Caf Confederation Cup slot.

Ghana is set to return to a one-club representation in each of the two Africa inter-club competitions next year.

A Caf source tells supersport.com that the Ghana FA will have to enter the name of only its league and domestic Cup winners in the Caf Champions League and the Confederation Cup respectively by the November 30 deadline.

The country has dropped out of the top 12 rankings which would have made them eligible to enter two teams in each of the competitions.

"A circular was sent to all federations informing them of their quota for the next inter-club competitions some months ago. Ghana will have to enter one club each for the Champions League and the Confederation Cup respectively," the source disclosed.

Caf has a 5-year Ranking system used to aggregate the positions of countries based on the performances and points gained by their club representatives over those years.

Points are attributed to the member associations when their clubs reach the final 8 (money zone) of any of the two club tournaments.

Ghana’s slots at the 2015 Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup is thus lessening just a year after it was doubled by the Confederation of African Football.

The West African nation first suffered a similar fate in 2009 but regained their four slots in Africa following former league Champions Berekum Chelsea’s exploits in the 2012 Caf Champions League.

Their last 8 finish increased Ghana’s points and placed the country on 12th position hence, the four slots.

However, the four clubs which represented Ghana in the recently ended inter-club competitions - Asante Kotoko, Berekum Chelsea, Medeama SC and Ebusua Dwarfs all failed to make the final 8 of the various competitions.

As a result of the review of the ranking for the 2015 which spans from 2009-2013, Ghana falls out of the top 12 bracket to 14th position and can only enter one club in each of the Champions League and Confederation Cup respectively.

Kotoko won the double in the 2013/14 Ghanaian season - the Premier League and the FA Cup. This means the league’s runners-up, Heart of Lions will have to take the Caf Confederation Cup slot.



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