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COVID-19 Relief: Kotoko to get $62,500 windfall from Caf

Asante Kotoko are to receive $62,500 as prize money for reaching the second round of the 2020/21 Caf Champions League.

The Porcupine Warriors began their Africa campaign by going past Mauritanian champions FC Nouadhibou before getting eliminated in the second round by Sudanese giants Al-Hilal. Both rounds were decided under controversial COVID-19 circumstances.

Kotoko dropped to the playoffs of the Caf Confederation Cup but failed to reach the group stage after a 2-1 aggregate defeat to Algeria’s ES Sétif.

The Ghanaian giants endured a hard time travelling to honour the second leg of the tie with ES Sétif in Algeria and could only manage to fly out for the match which ended 0-0 a day to kickoff.

Caf, in a letter signed by acting secretary general Mr Abdelmounaim Bah, all clubs eliminated in the second round of the Champions League will be awarded a token to offset the expenses they incurred while honouring fixtures in the Confederation Cup.

“In the spirit of reducing the financial burden of the participating clubs in the Caf interclub competitions that are not entitled to receiving any prize money, we have the pleasure to inform you that Caf Executive Committee during its last meeting held on the 10th of December 2020 in Egypt, decided to allocate a financial prize to assist the team through the COVID-19 pandemic,” part of the letter read.

“The support would be drawn from Caf’s Fifa Forward Funds for clubs that were eliminated from the additional second preliminary round of Total Caf Confederation Cup for the season 2020/21.”

“Champions League: Since the clubs eliminated from the 2nd preliminary round of the Champions League qualification to the additional 2nd preliminary round of the Confederation Cup, only the clubs eliminated from this round will benefit from the $62,500 (US Dollars) prize money.

Ghana was represented by AshantiGold in the 2020/21 Caf Confederation Cup but were eliminated by Salitas FC of Burkina Faso, hence do not qualify to enjoy the windfall.

“The clubs that were initially engaged in the Caf Confederation Cup who are eliminated from the additional 2nd preliminary round of the Confederation Cup will also receive the $62,500 (US Dollars) prize money,” the letter added.




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