President of Normalization Committee, Dr. Kofi Amoah
The President of the Normalisation Committee (NC) of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Dr Kofi Amoah, has hinted that his outfit will discuss Kumasi Asante Kotoko's petition regarding their intention to represent Ghana in the next CAF Confederation Cup. While acknowledging receipt of Kotoko’s petition in an exclusive interview with the Daily Graphic yesterday, Dr Amoah said once Kotoko backed the request with the relevant CAF Statutes and Regulations, the NC had no choice but to look into the matter.
"Football is run by statutes and regulations, so once Kotoko's petition referred to the CAF Statutes and Regulations, it is only fair for us to look into the matter," Dr Amoah stated.
He said though a decision was taken last Friday to bar Ghanaian clubs from going to Africa due to the ongoing reforms in Ghana football, it is not wrong for the NC to consider Kotoko's petition which referred to the CAF Statutes and Regulations.
Kotoko wrote to the NC last Monday, indicating their readiness to participate in the Confederation Cup in their capacity as the defending FA Cup champions, contrary to the decision taken by the NC and club owners at a stakeholders meeting held at the Swiss Spirit Alisa Hotel in Accra on Friday, October 19.
After some fruitful deliberations, the meeting concluded that Ghana should not participate in the next CAF clubs competitions due to the suspension of the Premier League and the FA Cup.
However, Kotoko, who were clearly dissatisfied with the decision, accordingly petitioned the NC, stating their preparedness to go to Africa, quoting the relevant CAF Statutes to buttress their argument.
According to Kotoko's petition, they are financially sound to represent Ghana and therefore requested the NC to permit it to do so.