Kotoko granted permission to participate in 2018-19 Caf Confederation Cup

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The Porcupine Warriors will be playing continental football in 2018-19 after being handed Ghana's sole slot in Caf Confederation Cup

By a successful appeal, Asante Kotoko have been granted permission by Ghana's Normalisation Committee to represent the nation in the 2018-19 Caf Confederation Cup.

The development comes after the Kumasi-based side petitioned the interim football's governing body to reconsider a decision to pull out of next year's continental inter-club competitions.

In a letter addressed to the Porcupine Warriors, it was stated that if Kotoko for any reason feel "capable in all areas to participate in the 2018-19 Caf Confederation Cup, we will proceed to send your club to Caf per your request".

The Committee, following a consultative meeting with clubs last week, had resolved not to present any Ghanaian representatives for the Caf Champions League and Caf Confederation Cup.

The decision was premised on the need to fully focus on restoring normalcy to the nation's game after a bribery, corruption and match-fixing scandal led to collapse of the football association and related activities in June.

After the exposé, the president of the FA Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned, the premises of the body was declared a crime scene by local police, the Executive Committee of the FA was dissolved while all local matches and competitions, including the Premier League and FA Cup, were indefinitely suspended.

The Normalisation Committee is the current administrative body of football in Ghana.

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FA Cup holders from last season Kotoko referenced Caf's inter-club regulations in their appeal, stating they are "statutorily empowered by the combined effects of section 1 (under General Provisions) and section IV(6) (under Engagements) in the new CAF Confederation Cup Regulations, approved on 10th January 2018, came into force immediately and signed by Caf president Ahmad Amad and Secretary General Amr Fahmy.

“Section IV(6) is to the effect that in the event a federation does not organise a cup competition for whatever reason, that federation has the right to present the participation request of the same club(s) that had previously won the federation's cup. Asante Kotoko is the beneficiary as being the current holders of the FA Cup."

Goal understands that reigning Ghana Premier League champions Aduana Stars and Medeama, who held the top spot on the table at the truncation of this season's topflight, have also made appeals to be handed the Caf Champions League ticket.

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