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CAF Releases Guidelines for Restart of Competitions

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Following developments in the spread and control of COVID-19 across the continent and the rest of the world, a series of meetings have been held regarding the future of competitions.

It is in this regard that the CAF Medical Committee in collaboration with the Technical & Development Department and a team of experts has put together a comprehensive plan to guide the Member Associations (MA’s) on the restart of football activities on the continent.

The 27-page document titled “CAF Guidelines to Resume Football in Africa” emphasizes on the health of the major stakeholders (Players, Officials, Fans, Partners) as the essential element, which should constitute the basis of all decisions regarding the reintroduction of football activities across the continent supported by the authorization of relevant State Authorities.

The plan also highlights on effective and continuous medical assessment (testing) of players and officials, guidelines for training sessions, disinfection of sporting facilities, as well as strict adherence to the global preventive protocols.

“This comprehensive document is major step towards resuming football on the continent. Based on recent developments, it is important we have a plan in place to guide our stakeholders on the return of continental and domestic competitions, and the need for an all hands on deck approach.

“Many considerations were factored into the putting together of the document by our team of experts notably the specificities of the continent. Together with strategies established by local authorities, it provides the MA’s with adequate information to resume operations upon receiving the green light,” said CAF Acting General Secretary Abdelmounaim Bah.

Meanwhile, the Organising Committee for Interclubs Competitions & Management of Club Licensing, and the Organising Committee for Women’s Football held meetings via video-conference last week on the future on the various competitions.

The CAF Executive Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 via video-conference will make pronouncements on the recommendations by the respective Standing Committees. Details of the Executive Committee meeting to be announced in due course.

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Asante Kotoko to represent Ghana in CAF Champions League while Ashantigold plays in CAF Confederations Cup

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Asante Kotoko has been given the right to represent Ghana in CAF Champions League while Ashantigold plays in the CAF Confederations Cup.

Kotoko will be representing Ghana in CAF Champions League while Ashantigold plays in the Confederations Cup, an official report has it.

The Communication Director of the Ghana FA, Henry Asante Twum said in an interview that the Executive Council have settled on the two clubs to represent the West African nation in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.

Henry Asante stated that the decision was made by the Executive Council of the Ghana FA after a marathon meeting held on Tuesday which has resulted in the cancellation of the 2019/20 football season.

“The decision to end the season was made today by the Executive Council of the FA. Asante Kotoko and Ashanti Gold SC are Ghana’s representatives for the 2020/21 CAF Inter-club competitions,” Asante told Accra-based radio station Angel 102.9 FM

“The Executive Council settled on the two clubs after the truncation of the 2019/20 Ghana Premier League season today”

“We will communicate the decision to the two clubs tommorow [Wednesday]. The runner-ups of the GFA Normalization Committee Special Competitions will be considered should any of the club decides not to play”.

Meanwhile, the entire Ghana Football Season has been cancelled by the Ghana FA Executive Council because of the impact of COVID-19.

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Jordan Ayew will become a much better footballer when he joins Chelsea – Marcel Desailly

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French international and 1994 World Cup winner, Marcel Desailly, has said a move by Ghana and Crystal Palace forward, Jordan Ayew, to Chelsea will be a great push to his footballing career.

Desailly, who played for Chelsea from 1998 to 2004 believes the club has what it takes t help Jodan Ayew becomes that one prolific striker he ought to be.

Speaking in an interview with FootballMadeInGhana, Dasailly said the time is up for Jordan Ayew to move to Chelsea Football Club in London.

“It’s time for him [to step up],” Desailly. He’s 28-years-old now and he has reached a very high level, as well as being quite consistent in his performances,

“We need him to have more hunger. We want him to become a killer. You can see in his face that he is not really a killer, but he is showing great ability, and being at Chelsea can bring him to the level that we all know that he can get to because he is a very good player,” the former France international added.

Jordan Ayew is currently the top score for Crystal Place this season with 9 goals after little hopes were banked on him after he was signed last summer.

He club is at the 10th position on the league table with every member of the team relying on the prowess of Jordan Ayew week in and week out.

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GFA gets $1.5 billion COVID-19 relief fund from FIFA

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The Ghana Football Association is set to receive $1 million in grants from  FIFA after the world football governing body approved a $1.5 billion relief fund to help member associations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The GFA will receive an extra $500,000 to support women’s football.

The GFA has already benefited $500,000 from FIFA’s early release of FIFA Forward Funds.

Gianni Infantino, the Fifa president, said the relief fund had been “unanimously approved” by the members of its council and insisted there would be “strict controls” on how the money is spent.

All 211 member associations will be entitled to a “basic solidarity grant” of $1m each as well as $500,000 which must be invested in women’s football.

Also, member associations can apply for a COVID-19 relief loan worth 35% of their revenue up to a maximum of $5 million each. Continental governing bodies will get $2 million as a relief grant, and can also apply for an extra $4 million relief loan.

Infantino promised “strict controls on the use of the funds, with audits”, and said there would be “very clear conditions” for how loans are repaid.

Fifa is financing the enormous relief fund by dipping into its reserves, with $328 million covering grants and $556 million to finance loans, Infantino said.

“Clubs and federations are in real danger. In some parts of the world, football has not restarted. We need to help them,” he said.

The creation of the relief fund had been announced by Fifa in March when football across much of the globe was halted as the pandemic spread.

The Zurich-based body had already announced in April that it would free up $150 million in subsidies to member associations to help deal with the consequences of the crisis.

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