January 7, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jnr
Sierra Leone Premier League side, East End Lions, will not compete in the preliminary round of the 2015 CAF Champions League due to several reasons not limited to the football wrangling and the current health situation in the country.
The country’s representative to the CAF competition has been drawn against Asante Kotoko of Ghana, with the match expected to play in the weekend of 13th, 14th, and 15th February 2015. The second leg clash has been scheduled for the 27th, 28th February and 1st March 2015.
But the withdrawal of East End Lions implies their Ghanaian opponent will advance to the next round without kicking a ball.
The club’s Secretary General, Abdul Rahman Davies, has confirmed that they will not be competing in the continental showpiece and refused to comment further on the reason for their decision.
But however, sources close to the club’s top officials stated that the decision is related to the current wrangling between the football association and its membership, of which East End Lions is one of the clubs that recently took a decision to dissolve the Madam Isha Johansen-led executive.
Meanwhile, Asante Kotoko has released their 24-man squad for the tournament and are set to forward it to the Ghana Football Association for onward submission to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The Asante Kotoko squad:
Goalkeepers (4): Joseph Addo, Isaac Amoako, Felix Annan, Eric Ofori Antwi
Defenders (9): Amos Frimpong, Christopher Bonney, Emmanuel Asante, Eric Donkor, Rashid Sumaila, David Smallboy Korbah, Henry Ohene Brenya, Abeiku Ainooson, Akwesi Acheampong
Midfielders (7): Kojo Poku, Michael Akuffu, Jordan Opoku, Prince Baffoe, Stephen Oduro, Richard Mpong, Frank Sarfo Gyamfi
Forwards (4): Amed Toure, Obed Owusu, Abdul-Latif Amadu, Dauda Mohammed