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Asante Kotoko wanted to participate in Caf inter-club competitions, says Sarpong

5:01 PM GMT+4 20/10/2018
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Exclusive: The Porcupine Warriors chief says they were prepared to represent Ghana in the Caf inter-club competitions, amid the decision by the clubs

Asante Kotoko management member Yaw Amo Asamoah says it was 'totally wrong' for Ghanaian clubs to agree not to participate in 2018-19 Caf inter-club competitions.
 
On Friday, an agreement was reached at a meeting involving club owners and Ghana football's Normalisation Committee that there would be no representation in the Caf Champions League and Caf Confederation Cup, as the country aims at repairing the damages caused after an investigative documentary in June led to the dissolution of Ghana FA and suspension of all football-related activities.
 
According to the policy analyst, Kotoko currently have a solid squad and technical team and do not lack the financial support to partake in the competitions.
 
"The decision that no Ghanaian club will feature in the Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup was wrong. Asante Kotoko was ready to play in any of the two competitions this season," Sarpong told Goal.
 
"Kotoko have a solid squad with a sound financial support, as well as good technical bench so we were ready to represent Ghana. We were preparing to use more than $200,000 for the campaign plus an additional fund set aside by the club's executive chairman.
 
"Majority of the clubs agreed to this during the meeting with the Normalisation Committee but it was wrong if we critically analyse the situation since it comes with lots of disadvantages. We should rise up and face our challenges in order to bring glory to our motherland," he added.
 
Since 2004, no Ghanaian club has reached the semi-finals of any Caf inter-club competitions. The best have always been group stages, with Berekum Chelsea and Aduana Stars achieving that in recent times.