The Confederation of Africa Football has intensified its club licensing demands towards clubs taking part in the continents club championships, a situation that could affect the participation of the two Ghanaian clubs.
The continental Football Governing body has added another set of rules to its licensing regime that requires clubs to ensure all their players are paid their salaries, allowances, and any financial burden on them towards their players.
With the new directives, Ghanaian clubs taking part in this year’s competition, Asante Kotoko and Ashantigold are expected to include in their participation materials all financial payments made to their players and coaches before registering with CAF.
A letter to the Ghana FA club Licensing board has asked them to strictly adhere to the new directives.
Speaking to the issues, and the new demands from CAF, the Chairman of the Club Licensing board Dr Kwame Baah Nuako told Happy FM the Association will not grant any club that has overdue payments to their players as directed by CAF
“CAF have written to us and the GFA asking me not to give any club the clearance to play in Africa when they are overdue debts to players and staff . Even our own statutes says so but then how many of our clubs can meet this?”, Dr Baah Nuako inquired.
The Former Asante Kotoko international Relations officer maintained that its becoming increasingly difficult to run Football club in Ghana and would expect some few clubs to come together to ensure they have strong financial backing to administer the affairs of their clubs
“Everyone wants to be called a chairman so they won’t even agree to merge with other clubs to have a one professional club running effectivelly than running a club that doesn’t meet standards”
“We have gotten to a point where we would have to advice those who don’t have the means to run a club in the premier league professionally to wait in the lower divisions until they can”
Dr Baah Nuako added that clubs need strong financial injection into their system to be able to meet all the requirements set out by the Club Licensing board and the demands of CAF, and the only way is to find sponsors, and acknowledged that without sponsors, it was going to be extremely difficult to achieve all the set requirements.
“For clubs to meet all the requirements, they needs money to do that . We need to recognize those challenges because they don’t have sponsors. What resources do they have to do that?”