GEORGE AFRIYIE

GFA urges gov’t to fund clubs who represent the country in Africa competitions

GEORGE AFRIYIE

GEORGE AFRIYIE

Vice President of the Ghana Football Association, George Afriyie has urged the government to fund clubs who represent the country in Africa.

It has been argued whether the government should fund the clubs that represent the country at Africa in interclub competition.

Both clubs that represented the country in this year at the interclub competition has been knocked out from the competition in the first round.

Wa All Stars who won the 2015/16 season premier league in a grand style were beaten home and away by Al Ahli of Tripoli in the CAF Champions League.

MTN FA Cup winners, Bechem United who had a narrow win in the first league against MC Alger were also beaten away.

Many football enthusiasts’ are of the view the clubs will not be able to fund for themselves if they qualify for the next round of the competition. Football administrators who have played in Africa have begged on corporates institutions to help them due to the difficult nature of playing in Africa.

But the respected football administrator believes for the clubs to perform in Africa, the government needs to fund the club since they represent the country playing in Africa in the interclub competition.

“What I want to say is that I think it is about time we make a case before government to say that when the clubs leaves the shores of Ghana for any CAF interclub competition they represents the country.” He told Asempa FM.

“They don’t represent themselves anymore but the country and that is why the government must come in terms of interclub competition.

“If the Black Stars players are being called up, they belong to somebody individually but representing the country then it is the national team but when they finish they go back to their various clubs.

“Bechem United leaves Ghana to represent the country in the CAF interclub competition; it is no more Bechem United but they are there in the name of the country and that is how we have to see it.” He added.

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