Ghanaian clubs who qualify for either of the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup MUST have female football sides before being allowed to participate, FMIG can report.

Information gathered by this writer indicate that the Confederation of African Football will put this idea to action ahead of the commencement of the 2022-23 CAF Inter Club competitions.

The directive is in line with CAF’s Club Licensing implementation plan.

CAF’s Club Licensing Senior Manager Muhammed Sidat recently confirmed the development during an engagement with some stakeholders that, as part of requirements for passing clubs to compete in any of the CAF Inter club competitions, qualified teams must have female sides attached to them.

He explained that this formed part of the licensing criteria to be put into force for the 2022-23 football season. The move is embarked on by CAF to help grow the women’s football on the continent and also heighten attention for it.

The development will put pressure on Ghanaian clubs who envision playing in Africa. Presently, only one club successfully run both male and female sides playing at the top two tiers of Ghana football, and that is Sekondi Hasaacas.

The Western Region based outfit have their male side now competing in the National Division One League, while their female side Hasaacas Ladies play in the top tier of Women’s Football in the country. In fact they are the most successful female football side in Ghana and recently made history by booking a ticket to the first edition of the CAF Women’s Champion League.

None of Ghana’s Premier League sides, do not have female teams.

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