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Ghanaian clubs at risk of exclusion from CAF competitions due to new participation requirement

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Ghana may not have a representative in the next Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League and Confederations Cup due to the governing body’s new requirement of owning a female club to be eligible.

In a bid to improve the state of Women’s Football in Africa, CAF advised its members to ensure they equally run a women’s football team in order to participate in CAF inter-club competitions even if they qualify through their local competition’s format.

This development will make it difficult to see a Ghanaian club take part in the 2023/2024 season of these championships because none of the likely candidates are affiliated with any recognised female club.

As it stands Medeama SC and Bechem United are the two teams standing the chance of winning the Ghana Premier League with an automatic slot in the CAF Champions League up for grabs.

The FA Cup will also see Dreams FC and King Faisal battle for the jackpot as they both eye a place in the Confederations Cup as well. Both teams are also yet to own a women’s team which makes them unable to meet the requirement.

Meanwhile, Hearts of Oak remain the only Ghana Premier League club to have claimed ownership of a female team with Asante Kotoko’s efforts to acquire Fabulous Ladies not materialising in the past.

Clubs that want to compete in the CAF Club competitions can, however, connect with an entity that manages a women’s first team club.

Clubs must thus join forces with one of the Women’s Premier League teams in order to be granted entry into the CAF inter-club competitions next season.

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