2019 African Games: Ghana reverse decision to avoid CAF ban and fine

Published on: 28 July 2019

Ministry of Youth and Sports has reversed its decision to exclude football from the upcoming African Games in Rabat to avoid a CAF ban and fine, Footballghana.com can reveal.

This decision means that the Black Satellites of Ghana will be representing the country at the tournament which commences next month.

The Technical Sub-Committee of the International Games and Competitions Committee (IGCC) of the Sports Ministry dropped football after a value for money audit.

It claimed Ghana were not guaranteed a medal in the football competition and had to yank it alongside nine other sport disciplines.

But the Ghana Football Association intervened and explained why that decision could affect our football at the international level.

''The GFA General Secretary Alex Asante when to meet the IGCC and explained the ramifications of that late withdrawal since it will disrupt the tournament with the draw already done,'' a source told GHANASoccernet.com

''First of all, the country would be fined by CAF and banned from playing in the next CAF U-20 Cup of Nations tournament.

''However, the contingent for the tournament will be reduced.''

Ghana are in Group B alongside reigning Africa U20 Cup of Nations Champions Mali, as well as Senegal and Burundi.

The men's football tournament at the African Games will be played from 16-30 August in Rabat and Kenitra.