Following a fall-out in communication between the Confederation of African Football and the eight teams, (Hasaacas ladies, ASFAR, Malabo Kings, Wadia Degla, River Angels) that participated in the maiden edition of CAF Women champions’ league regarding the tournament’s prize money, Hasaacas Ladies Chief Executive Officer madam Evelyn Nsiah in an interview on Metro Sports direct has vowed to personally write to the chief of CAF Dr. Patrice Motsepe concerning the brouhaha.
Madam Nsiah, who also doubles as a board member of Kumasi-based Asante Kotoko went further to lament on how they were not allowed by the continent’s football governing body to use their official sponsors’ logo in the jerseys they wore during the tournament.
. . . “A tournament that had a sponsor, they didn’t allow us to put on our sponsor’s logo – they told us that because they want money for us, the sponsor won’t us allow us to put on their jersey other logos. So why? What are they telling us! I can’t just understand it”. . .
Though CAF’s reply to the clubs was clear on the fact that prize money for the competition was not approved, the women’s football expert is resolved in using all mediums available to ensure CAF provides something for the clubs.
“We will personally write to the President [Dr. Patrice Motsepe], at least he is a human being and knows that women’s football is money. We’re not getting anything from here”.
Her comment comes after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) communicated to clubs that featured in the maiden edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League that there is no prize money and that they played for free.
The Hasmal Ladies finished as runners-up in the tournament, beaten 2-1 by Mamelodi Sundowns in the final. 11 months down the line and yet to receive any financial rewards for the campaign, CAF indicated participating teams played for free, as there was no budget for the tournament.
The club has refused to accept CAF’s explanation, asking them to revisit and make necessary payments.
Source: Victor Kwawu