Kotoko General Manager George Amoako was among thirteen of the top ranking African club presidents and representatives invited by CAF and FIFA to discuss the challenges and opportunities regarding the development and the future of African inter-club competitions.
George Amoako represented the Ghanaian giants as one of the elite Clubs on the continent to deliberate and put in measures to help the game.
He was joined by reps from Al Ahly, TP Mazembe, Zamalek, Enyimaba, Esperance amongst others.
The team discussed Revenue generation which could be reinvested in football and football infrastructures which are crucial to the development of the game at club level.
Also among the topics was the issue of Player transfers, solidarity payments and training compensation, safety and security of players and fans, as well as the importance of digital communications to respond to the needs of the young fans were also raised. The financial challenges and the logistical constraints faced by the large majority of the African clubs were highlighted as well.
The international match calendar and the necessity to reflect a fair balance between clubs and national teams needs given their interconnection was also discussed among the top football gurus.
“We all love football and we love our continent. Together we have the possibility to create a bright future for African football and in order to do this we are here to first listen to you and then to work together to elevate African football to the next level,” CAF President Ahmad Ahmad said during the meeting.
Meanwhile George Amoako is expected to return before Kotoko’s crucial CAF Champions League match against Etoile du Sahel on Sunday in Kumasi.
By Frank Darkwah