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Sports News of Thursday, 22 March 2018


Ghanaian clubs lack funds to make impact - Nyantakyi

Kwesi Nyantakyi, president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kwesi Nyantakyi, president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA)

Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi has admitted that he is worried following the elimination of Aduana Stars from the 2018 Caf Champions League.

The Fire Club, after winning the first leg of the last qualifying round 1-0, suffered a 4-0 drubbing against E.S Setif in the return fixture in Algeria on Sunday and have been demoted to the Caf Confederation Cup.

"Aduana Stars exit from Caf Champions League is a great concern to everyone one," Nyantakyi said, during a media briefing on Monday.

"Fortunately, I have a fair idea of what goes on in the rest of Africa. Why do the North African countries dominate the African Champions League? It's because of money. They buy the best players even from West Africa."

He added: "Clubs participating in African [clubs competition] is a very serious venture. I went through it once and I nearly got bankrupt [since] it's very expensive. We've seen clubs participating and the following year they go to relegation like Ebusua Dwarfs and King Faisal."

Nyantakyi also reiterated that Ghana Premier League is not 'dead' as a section of Ghanaians portray it following the social media buzz surrounding it last weekend during matchday one.

“The social media trends all had the Ghana Premier League in top place over the weekend and it demonstrated the level of interest among Ghanaians," the Fifa Council member said.

"This is contrary to opinions that the league is dead, it is in coma and all kinds of negative comments. If the league is dead, why did Dr. Ndoum invest to upgrade in facilities in Elmina and why will Dr. Issahaku invest in a Division One team (Tamale City FC)?”