Posted On Tuesday, 23rd July 2013
Ghana will have four representatives in continental club competitions from next year after CAF restored two lost slots to the West African country, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
This means Ghana will have two teams in the CAF Champions League from next year and will also have two clubs in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Kotoko and Berekum Chelsea will represent Ghana in the CAF Champions League while Medeama and a yet to be decided team will represent the country in the CAF Confederation Cup.
The revelation comes three years after the continent’s governing body reduced Ghana’s slots for inter-clubs competitions due to past poor performances by representatives.
But consistent efforts by the Ghana FA to regain the four slots have resulted in the decision by CAF to return to the country the two slots each for each competition.
The GFA has boosted clubs financially to help them to participate despite financial difficulties with Berekum Chelsea, Kotoko and New Edubiase all getting financial support from the federation.
Berekum Chelsea’s heroics in the Champions League last year helped Ghana to regain its place.
Before then it the last time a Ghanaian side feature in the money zone of the Caf Champions League was in 2006.
Kotoko were the last Ghanaian side to play in the Group phase of the Confederation Cup in 2008.
Clubs have also in the past withdrawn from playing in Africa citing financial constraints.
Hearts of Oak won the Champions League in 2000 and the maiden edition of the Confederation Cup in 2004.
Rivals Asante Kotoko won the then African Cup of Champions Clubs twice in 1970 and 1983.