Lions withdraw from Confederations Cup

Kpando Hearts of Lions after a second thought have withdrawn from the 2015 CAF Confederations Cup competition.

The Kpando-based side who finished runners-up in the 2013/14 First Capital plus Premier League were billed to represent Ghana in the CAF Champions League next year.

However, following the decision of CAF to reduce Ghana’s slots in Africa from 4 to 2 they have been relegated to the Confederations Cup instead of the premier African Club Competition.

“We knew we have qualified to play in the Champions League only to be told last week that we are supposed to play in the Confederation Cup. We are not ready for that,” General Manager Yashin said.

“If there was going to be such a change, at least it should have been communicated to us long ago.

“The FA wrote to us to confirm our participation in the CAF Champions League and were given last week Wednesday as deadline which we responded to. I don’t think they’ve been fair to us.”

Lions last participated in the African Club Competitions in 2005 in the CAF Confederations Cup.

Champions Asante Kotoko will however be representing Ghana in the CAF Champions League.

It is now left with Hearts of Oak, who came third last season to replace Heart of Lions in the CAF Confederations Cup.

The Phobians are expected to participate in Africa next year, because they have earlier agreed to play in the Confederations Cup.