Asante Kotoko Chief Executive, Nana Yaw Amponsah, has appealed to government to consider supporting Ghanaian clubs competing in Africa with $1 million.
This he believes, will go a long towards helping the clubs succeed in Africa.
Ghanaian clubs have consistently struggled to make an impact in Africa in recent years, with qualification to the group stages of CAF’s inter-club competitions even hard to come by.
Hearts of Oak were eliminated in the second round of qualifying last season.
Kotoko will compete in the CAF Champions League next season after winning the 2021/2022 Ghana Premier League title.
”If the government of the day is able to devote 6-8 million dollars for Afcon for the Black Stars to go and represent Ghana, then why can’t the government help a team like Kotoko or Hearts or whoever wins the league with a 1 million support to go and lift high the flag of Ghana,” he said.
“What is the prize of winning the league? It’s about 250,000 Ghana cedis which is about $30,000 and that cannot even be used to play one home match. So the prize money is not there, no sponsorship for the league.
”I would like to send a message to the entire nation, his Excellency the President, the government of the day. Ghana used to have four slots on the continent but now we have two due to the fact that we don’t really perform well when we go.’
”When Kotoko goes to Africa this time, we are not just going as Kotoko, we are going to represent Ghana.”