Skyy FC’s midfield supremo Francis Oteng has parried away claims by Kotoko’s Felix Annan that the Porcupine Warriors will represent Ghana in next year’s CAF Champions League should the 2019/2020 league be called off.
Kotoko’s captain Felix Annan had earlier in an interview with Skyy Power FM in Takoradi, asserted that the GFA would evoke the relevant statutes to allow Kotoko represent Ghana in the 2020/2021 CAF Champions League.
However, requesting to react to Annan’s claim, Francis Oteng observed that the position taken by Felix Annan is self-centered and inconsiderate.
“Kotoko captain [Felix Annan] knows that [cancelling the league] will favour him, that is why he is pushing for the season to be cancelled, but he has forgotten that there are other teams who have projected to win the league to go to Africa, so he should not seek what favours them (Kotoko) alone”, Oteng rebutted.
Regarded as one of the finest exponents of the play-maker role in Ghana’s Second Tier, Oteng cautioned the Kotoko captain not to rush into the flamboyance of appearing in Africa, but to be guided by the prevailing circumstances and allow the GFA to take the best decision that benefits all clubs and not Kotoko alone.
“Let us be patient and see what the president says (on July 31), even if we cancel the season, and the September that they want us to start anew is just around the corner, we will need one month and some weeks before we start; so why don’t we wait, play, finish this season, get our representatives then we start a new season all over; he [Felix Annan] is saying what favours him and not representing the interest of all”, Oteng, who is also a professional teacher, rebuffed.
Barely, three months into the suspension of the Ghana Premier League following the outbreak of global pandemic COVID 19, the GFA is hand-tied on the way forward, as government continues to hold on to the ban on all football related activities in Ghana.
Story by Oti-Asirifi