Ghana pulling out of 2018-19 Caf inter-club competitions was agreed on by all clubs - Pappoe

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Fred Pappoe
The renowned administrator sheds light on the controversial decision, which will see no Ghanaian club in continental action next calendar year

Former vice president of the Ghana Football Association and current Accra Great Olympics board member Fred Pappoe has backed the nation's resolve to sit out Caf's 2018-19 inter-club competitions. 

At a meeting between Ghana Football Association Normalisation Committee and clubs on Friday, it was 'agreed' that there would be no representation in the Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup, which are set to kick off next month. 

Although the agreement was said to be "unanimous", some clubs like Asante Kotoko and Aduana Stars have emerged as strong oppositions to the decision. 

“I don’t believe in participation for the sake of participation. I believe in participation to make a mark," Pappoe explained to Kasapa FM

"To be frank with ourselves, we don’t have to deceive ourselves that whoever we send there will be ready.

"It is not like we were performing well when we participated [in previous seasons], and with the suspension of the league for some months now, I don’t think any club will be ready. 

"It was a good decision taken by all the clubs and it was never an imposition on us. 

"When the Normalisation Committee proposed the idea, nobody objected to it."

It was said after the meeting that clubs unanimously agreed to snub the continental competitions to, instead, focus on rebuilding the local game, which has been in disarray since June. 

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