Ghanaian football administrator, Eric Alagidede says clubs in this year’s FA Cup semifinal cannot play in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup if they win it.
Three premier league clubs, King Faisal, Dreams fc and Nsoatreman plus Division One side, Skyy fc are this year’s semifinalists of the MTN FA Cup.
The winner of Ghana’s FA Cup takes part in CAF’s second tier club competition and with clubs feeling the bite of the economic downturn, Alagidede believes the chances of these clubs to take part in Africa is slimmer.
“We have King Faisal, Dreams fc, Nsoatreman, Skyy fc making this year’s semifinals of the MTN FA Cup.
“Now realistically let’s ask ourselves, are these clubs able to participate in the ACF Confederation Cup, it’s a big no?
“Not even Dreams fc, take it from me, they don’t have what it takes.
“Put the FA President aside Dreams fc have structures, ask those running the club whether they have the budget to go to Africa they will tell you they don’t.
“Playing in Africa is a lot of money, you ask clubs who have participated in Africa before.
“Especially if you are not fortunate to be paired against any of these North African clubs, it’s a very daunting task.” Eric Alagidede told Radio Gold Sports.
Ghana’s best performance the CAF Confederation Cup came in 2004 when Hearts of Oak defeated arch rivals, Asante Kotoko via the penalty shootouts to claim the maiden edition.