As Lions withdrawal confirmed…


Asante Kotoko gets CAF Champions League walkover

February 4, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has confirmed that Sierra Leone’s East-End Lions FC has pulled out of this year’s CAF Champions League thereby giving Ghanaian Premier League club, Asante Kotoko, a walkover in the tournament’s preliminary round.

The GFA has already communicated to the Ghanaian champions of E.E. Lions’ withdrawal after it was confirmed by their counterpart, the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).

Asante Kotoko had been drawn to face their Sierra Leonean counterparts in the first leg encounter in Freetown on the second weekend of February but the Killers from Sierra Leone decided to pull out of the tournament due to the Ebola pandemic which has affected football in the country.

Earlier the club’s Secretary General, Abdul Rahman Davies, confirmed to Concord Sports that they will not be competing in the continental showpiece and refused to comment further on the reason for their decision.

But sources close to E.E. Lions’ top officials say the decision to withdraw from the tournament was related to the football wrangling between the SLFA and its membership, of which East-End Lions is one of the clubs that are opposed to the Madam Isha Johansen-led executive.

Meanwhile, the Africa football governing body CAF is yet to make an official statement over Lions’ withdrawal and they (CAF) had last week appointed Gambian referees – Maudo Jallow, Dickory Jawo (Assistant 1), Karamo Forbes (Assistant 2), Bakary Camara (Reserve Referee) and Gabon’s Ndoumbou Likouni Dieudonne as Match Commissioner for the encounter.