Heart of Lions have confirmed to supersport.com that they will not represent Ghana in the 2015 Caf Confederation Cup.
The side which finished second in the 2013/14 Ghana Premier League had erroneously been informed of qualifying for the Caf Champions League by virtue of their position on the league log.
Until recently, Ghana had two slots in each of the Caf inter-club competitions which allowed the first and second placed teams at the end of the season to feature in the Champions League while the third placed team joins the domestic cup winner in the Confederation Cup competition.
[contextly_sidebar id=”ZtVRSHAfbGCF6WaVtxyp1bjW4mucF2Fp”]However, the successive failure of Ghanaian clubs to at least reach the group stages of either of the Africa inter-club competitions which would have earned Ghana points to maintain their top 12 ranking saw the Confederation of African Football send a circular to various federations a couple of months ago informing them of an update in the rankings and slots for the 2015 edition of the two competitions.
The various federations were by the competition rules to enter their clubs by a November 30 deadline. However, it took the Ghana FA last week Thursday [November 27] to realise the slots for the country had been actually slashed to two.
The General Manager of the Kpando-based Ghana Premier League side, Yashin Laryea tells supersport.com the club is not ready to compete in the 2015 Caf Confederation Cup due to the unfair development.
“We knew we have qualified to play in the Champions League only to be told last week that we are supposed to play in the Confederation Cup. We are not ready for that,” he said.
“If there was going to be such a change, at least it should have been communicated to us long ago. The FA wrote to us to confirm our participation in the Caf Champions League and were given last week Wednesday as deadline which we responded to. I don’t think they’ve been fair to us,” he continued.
The Lions GM however maintained the club has not been officially communicated to since the [Ghana] FA President Kwasi Nyantakyi made the admission to the administrative lapse at a press briefing over the country’s slots for Africa last week.
“We have played in the Confederation Cup before; it is not new to us. We have not received any official letter to that effect. Hopefully, that comes this week and we will put our official position across. We think we have not been treated fairly at all,” Yashin Laryea stated.
Supersport.com cast its net to the possible immediate beneficiaries, Hearts of Oak who placed third last season, should the position of Lions remain unchanged.
The club’s spokesperson Muheeb Saeed hints to supersport.com that they will be ready to represent Ghana at the second tier African inter-club competition.
We have not been informed otherwise by the GFA since we confirmed our interest in participating in the Caf Confederation Cup. Our position remains unchanged,” the spokesperson of the Phobians said.