The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football have relieved Ghana of the hosting rights for the Africa U-17 Qualifying Championships.
Africa’s football governing body has rather given these rights to Niger as a result of the latest episode of the ongoing crisis in Ghana football.
Football activities in Ghana have been brought to stand still following moves by government to dissolve the Ghana FA.
This happened as a result of the Ghana football expose which revealed corruption amongst some high ranking members of the Ghana FA and a large number of referees.
Kwesi Nyantakyi, the former GFA President who was caught in the expose has since resigned from his post and that at CAF as the first Vice President.
It is widely believed Ghana was handed the hosting rights due to Mr. Nyantakyi’s influence.
The New Qualifying formatHis exit, coupled with the ongoing crisis in Ghana football have seen CAF rethink their decision for Ghana to host the WAFU Zone B qualifying championships for the Africa U-17 tournament which will be hosted next year by Tanzania.
Each of the six Zonal Unions (CECAFA, COSAFA, UNAF, UNIFFAC, WAFU A, WAFU B) will organise their regional qualifiers featuring teams from the zone. UEFA, through its UEFA ASSIST programme, is supporting the qualifiers.
This new qualifying format is part of the suggested reforms discussed at the first ever CAF African Football Symposium in July 2017 in Rabat (Morocco) which was approved by the CAF Executive Committee.
The Black Starlets of Ghana will now have to travel to Niger to compete against the likes of Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin and the host nation for the sole qualification slot.