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Ghana FA Demands Two More Weeks from CAF to Decide the Fate of the 2019/20 Football Season.

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The Ghana FA is demanding two more weeks from CAF so that they can deliberate and decide the future of the 2019/20 season after all football related activities were suspended due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

This comes after the GFA met with stakeholders last week but couldn’t reach an agreement on wether to cancel the season or not.

Though the current leadership of the GFA is against canceling the season but they cannot take the decision unilaterally.

Also, the Ghana FA is seeking advice from the government and health specialists on the next line of action and this explains why the GFA is demanding two more weeks from CAF so as to carefully deliberate on the subject matter.

The former Council member and CEO of Inter Alies, Delali Senaye who told Joy Sports that it was too early to make a decision on the league.

Delali Senaye (former National U20 Management Committee Member. 

“It is too early to make determination about this current (suspended) season. We have to wait and see when normalcy could return. If normalcy returns before June, personally I think the league will continue but no body knows when when we will return to our economic activities,  so it is too early”

“So such a determination must be based on facts and not on fiction”, he added.

His stands is accepted by many as deliberations still continue to get the right decision.

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TV Rights Factor.

The Ghana FA broadcast rights with StarTimes is another reason why the GFA is yet to take a critical decision as the cancellation of the league will put their financial deals in jeopardy.

The FA had agreed a payment plan with the StarTimes in March this year and ask clubs for their dollar account numbers,  but due to COVID19,  the money is yet to be paid into their accounts to be disbursed by members for the fifteen league matches they have played so far.

Each club is expected to take $30,000 at the end of the season but they could loose that if the league is cancel.

There was a proposal from StarTmes to pay part of the funds that is $ 100,000 by the end of April,  but it’s unclear if the money has been paid.

So far Guinea, Mauritius IslandKenya and recently Ethiopia and Congo have canceled their various leagues.

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Madagascar and Tunisia have declared their intentions to resume their leagues while Egypt, MoroccoSouth Africa and others are still to decide.

 

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African Nations gear up as International Football resumes in October.

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CAF member states prepare for the resumption of international football in the continent next month.

Football in the continent,  has been halted for over six months due to the effects of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in March this year.

With many borders through out the continent still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,   teams in the continent are heading to Europe for next month’s international matches.

Cameroon are traveling to the Netherlands,  Guinea to Portugal, while the Ivory coast,  Nigeria and Tunisia head to Austria,  where it is easier for them to assembly their squads because most of their players are Europe based players.

Cameroon’s Indomitable lions

It should be noted that, the next FIFA window for international football,  from October 5-13, is the first opportunity for African national teams to play since last November.

FIFA however,  had cancelled the September window for all confiderations but for UEFA  due to the uncertainty over travels around the continent caused CAF to back the resumption of international football in November.

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Next month’s window will see most CAF Member States to play series of friendly matches  in preparation for both the AFCON and world cup qualifiers.

Nigeria have arranged friendlies against the Ivory coast and Tunisia on October 9 and October 13 in Austria,  while five time champions of Africa,  Cameroon will have a friendly against Japan in Utrecht,  after which they will stay in a training camp in the Netherlands for a few more days.

Indomitable Lions coach Antonio Conceicao, this week published a preliminary list of 32 players for the match and camping.

Guinea on their part, will play cape Verde islands on October 10 while the DR Congo travel to Morocco for a training camp and a behind-closed doors international match against their host in Rabat on October 13.

Senegal are also to play Morocco in Rabat on October 9 while the current African champions Algeria are yet to announce their plans but reports say they will also go to Austria.

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Down to the southern hemisphere,  south Africa are trying to organize two friendly matches at home next month against neighboring countries but have yet to finalize arrangements as they await for a possible reopening of their borders in the coming weeks.

 

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CAF President, Ahmad congratulates Ghana’ s President Nana Akufo Addo on his appointment as Chairman of ECOWAS.

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) boss Ahmad has extended his words of congratulations to the Ghana president,  H. E. Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo Addo, on his new appointment as the new chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

President Ahmad’s words were more diplomatic, as this was contained in a letter addressed to the Ghana president on September 14, 2020.

H. E Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo.

“It is my pleasure to extend my congratulations to you on your appointment as the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). On behalf of the Executive committee of CAF and personally,  I wish you every success in your endeavors. I am certain that during your chairmanship, ECOWAS will maintain and accelerate its constructive and sympathetic contribution to African Football.  As you embark upon your new responsibilities, I wish to assure you and the people of West Africa of CAF’s continued support and friendship.  I am certain that during your presidency,  ECOWAS will maintain and accelerate its constructive contribution to African Football.  Kindly accept, Mr. President, once again my warm congratulations on your appointment and my best wishes as you prepare to take up thr responsibilities,  and challenges of your new office” the letter read.

President Nana Akufo Addo was elected as the new chairman of ECOWAS on September 8, 2020 at the 57 th summit of the regional bloc held in Niamey, Niger.

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He replaces Nigerian born Muhamadou Issoufour who held the position for one year.

Source: sportsworldghana.com

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CAMEROON Indomitable Lions: The list of 32 players preselected by Antonio Conceiçao Olivera

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Cameroon’s indomitable lion’s gaffer Antonio Conceiçao Olivera, has released through Facebook a list of 32 preselected players for two International friendlies that will take place during the October 2020 FIFA window.

The indomitable lions have 2 big challenges ahead as they face Africa’s reigning champions Algeria and Asian dragons Japan in what will be the first Post COVID-19 matches.

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