The Porcupine Warriors have earned an automatic walkover in the 2014-15 Caf Champions League after the Killers officially pulled out
Sierra Leone giants East End Lions have withdrawn from the Caf Champions League paving way for Asante Kotoko to advance to the next stage of the competition, despite not kicking a ball.
The Freetown-based outfit was paired with the Porcupine Warriors in the preliminary round scheduled to be played in February. The general secretary of the club Abdul Rahman has admitted their unwillingness to play in the top-flight inter-club competition of the continent.
“I don’t think Lions will be competing in the clubs continental big stage,” he told footballsierraleone.net.
Sierra Leone Football Association’s head of competitions Sorie Ibrahim Sesay has also confirmed the development.
“They have been engaged to play Asante Kotoko of Ghana, but I don’t see their willingness to partake though not official yet.”
Goal understands that the club pulled out because of their inactivity for almost eight months after the dreadful Ebola outbreak and an official letter has been sent to Caf to officially communicate their decision to the organising body.
Kotoko after confirmation from Caf is expected to meet the winners of St Georges and El Eguma.